Schumer to push Civilian Climate Corps with $3.5 trillion ‘infrastructure’ package

Schumer to push Civilian Climate Corps with $3.5 trillion ‘infrastructure’ package

[Ed. – One of its assignments: capping oil wells.]

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Tuesday backed calls to include a civilian “climate corps” in the upcoming Democrat-only $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” package.

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.”

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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.

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