[Ed. – One of its assignments: capping oil wells.]
The New York Democrat endorsed the program at a press conference on Capitol Hill with environmental groups and progressive lawmakers.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to confront the climate crisis and create millions of permanent, good-paying, union jobs,” said Mr. Schumer. “It’s a great opportunity to combine those things. I have made addressing the climate crisis … the primary focus of our debate on infrastructure.”
Based on the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, the program would put young Americans to work on green energy-related projects. Participants would be paid $15 an hour or more for weatherizing buildings, fighting forest fires and capping oil wells.