|LOOK OUT! The weekly Climate Action Hotline will be changing over the next few weeks. As you may know, the US Climate Action Network has grown to include more than 85 member organizations with many more allies working on climate and energy issues. We love to share the great work happening on climate change, not only at the federal level, but at the local and international levels as well. Each week, USCAN will pick a “Blog of the Week” to share with you, our friends and colleagues. Don’t worry! We’re still dedicated to bringing you the most relevant and key climate and energy developments and will continue to feature articles written by staff, as well include important action alerts, resource materials, and news items. So, stay tuned.For this week’s Blog of the Week, USCAN would like to highlight the BlueGreen Alliance and their work on transportation. By encouraging investment in our ailing roads and railways, we can create much-needed capacity with transit networks that are safer, less energy intensive and more productive. This blog is a timely one, as BGA kicked off the first of four regional “Good Jobs, Green Jobs” conferences last week in Atlanta, Georgia. These conferences highlight opportunities in transportation and many other sectors to build a cleaner, greener, more prosperous economy by building coalitions and generating fair opportunities for all. For more information, check out: www.greenjobsconference.org.
The following post is from Rob McCulloch, Senior Policy and Legislative Advocate for the BlueGreen Alliance.
President Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal recognizes the pivotal role infrastructure plays in ensuring we remain the world’s leading economic power, as well as the how it will generate millions of good jobs and help move us to a clean energy future.
However, we can’t compete in a 21st century economy with a 20th century transportation infrastructure. Europe spends twice the proportion of GDP on infrastructure as America — and China spends more than triple that. Our crumbling infrastructure needs significant investment if we expect to compete effectively in a 21st century global economy.
We must modernize our highway, rail and transit networks and ensure they are safe, in good repair, and more efficient. We need to fix what we’ve built, and we also need more and more efficient capacity to make our systems less polluting, less energy intensive and more productive. Read more here.