Inslee Praise Green Energy Elements of Stimulus Bill

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, leads with his consistent support of green energy projects in his offical statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the economic stimulus bill.

“Washington state has much to gain in this bill. The bill will save and create 75,000 jobs in Washington — and 8,500 in my district alone. I worked with the Washington federal delegation to make sure that the Bonneville Power Authority has an additional $3.25 billion in borrowing authority to build up transmission capacity to accommodate new, clean energy sources. In addition, the Washington state energy program will get over $60 million dollars to implement local renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

Inslee calls the bill the start of the New Apollo Energy project, because it provides $90 billion for the green economy. You can read the rest of his press release in the jump.


Here’s the press release:

Inslee applauds green recovery bill, help for Washington state

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) applauded the House passage today of the conference report on H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, by a vote of 246-183.

“Today marks the launch of the New Apollo Energy Project with a $90 billion dollar investment in the clean, green energy economy. In all great crises lies an opportunity and this is the opportunity to turn our old economy around. More needs to be done, but this was a bold step forward in the right direction.”

“Washington state has much to gain in this bill. The bill will save and create 75,000 jobs in Washington — and 8,500 in my district alone. I worked with the Washington federal delegation to make sure that the Bonneville Power Authority has an additional $3.25 billion in borrowing authority to build up transmission capacity to accommodate new, clean energy sources. In addition, the Washington state energy program will get over $60 million dollars to implement local renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

“There are $60 million dollars in a nationwide grant program for ferry boat and terminal construction, which is an issue of great concern to communities in western Washington. There are over $179 million dollars in new transit funding to give people transportation options in their daily lives. Almost $64 million will help retrain unemployed workers throughout the state. And each Washington family will get an immediate refundable tax cut of up to $800 per year to reduce the strain on household expenses.”

“This bill, like any emergency measure, is not perfect. But it’s a good start and well-balanced. This launch of the New Apollo Energy Project marks only the beginning of our new economic future. I urge the Senate to pass it.”

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