We’ve been celebrating Earth Day for 40 years now, but the truth is that tomorrow may be the first one when we are truly able to say that we have started down the road to a real clean energy economy -- and a better world for our kids.
Today I am kicking off the Administration’s celebration of Earth Day in advance by announcing $452 million in Recovery Act “Retrofit Ramp-Up” awards. These awards will help make energy efficiency affordable for hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses, and are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in the process.
And this is just a tiny sliver of what we’ve done. As the President’s point man on the Recovery Act, which included America’s biggest investment ever in clean energy, I’ve visited countless communities that have seen jobs come back through these kinds of initiatives.
You can learn more about all our efforts at WhiteHouse.gov/EarthDay, and also join Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, for a special online video chat tomorrow at 12:00PM EDT at WhiteHouse.gov.
Of course Earth Day is about more than just government action to protect our air, water and environment. Since the first Earth Day forty years ago countless Americans have taken action to make their local communities cleaner and healthier and to have a positive impact on our planet.
This year, President Obama is calling on all of us to pitch in and participate in the Earth Day of Service. On Serve.gov/EarthDay you can find thousands of Earth Day Service events in communities across the country.
Whether you pick up trash at a local park, plant trees, or clean up the river or stream in your hometown, there are plenty of ways to get involved. I hope you’ll join President Obama and me in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Vice President of the United States
Very cool! America is going to need as much job stimulus as possible over the next few months.
Our own stimulus package in Australia has been a major success with the strongest economy of all developed nations. The reason we did not go in to recession was because we did not have a rabid stack of lunatics trying to destroy what our government has done and is doing!
I am pleased to see America join this century in having compassion for the poor with a health care system that will stop people falling through the gaps.
Most of the developed world has had free health for 40 years! It has not hurt our economy. Social justice never does cause financial harm as it takes the load off high end medical procedures that costs the earth because with medicine early intervention cuts medical costs drastically.
We spent up big and although we have had a few dismal failures with some of the stimulus package, over all it has proved up.
The Government can't create jobs. What a fraud.
Obama claims he is for the Environment then he signs off on $2 Billion in leases for offshore drilling in Virgin Alaskan Waters.
Today an Oil Rig finished burning and sank into the Gulf of Mexico.
Anyone have any idea how dangerous the waters are off the coast of Alaska compared to the Gulf Coast?
Borrowing and spending more money... and pretending to create jobs at a cost of $500,000 per job is certainly not what we need more of.
Australia is up to it's eyeballs in debt. The crash is still coming in Australia too.
"Did you know that Australia has the highest household debt to disposable income ratio in the world? It's even higher than America's. Bigger homes. Bigger waistlines. Bigger debts. Australia is in the middle of its own credit boom, complete with all the social consequences. And the financial consequences."
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