[Ed. – Never let a crisis go to waste.]
The blow delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for American businesses and workers. Although the full impact may not be realized for months — or even years — it is evident that bold, innovative programs will be needed to reignite the American economic engine. One of the most effective ways to get our economy moving again as we emerge from the virus’s deadly stranglehold will be to create jobs and competitiveness in the clean energy economy to climate-proof our future.
To meet this objective, we urge Congress to establish a “Citizens Energy & Environmental Corps” (CEEC) to put Americans back to work building a sustainable and resilient clean energy future. …
To blunt the spread of the disease, we have made countless changes in our behavior, and that has had the secondary effect of dramatically reducing our use of climate-polluting fossil fuels.