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Huffington Post writer tours Detroit, makes arguments for clean energy now

David Foster of the Blue Green Alliance traveled through 17 states and 30 cities on a tour bus filled with advocates for alternative energy inititiaves.

The tour began in California and ended up in Detroit on Labor Day. The group wants to spread the message that the U.S. Senate must pass comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation to preserve and create millions of jobs, to protect the environment and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Excerpt:

The Senate needs to act.

The ultimate solution must be comprehensive, but we must get moving now. We can start by passing important residential efficiency measures like Home Star, which would create 168,000 jobs while saving consumers more than $9 billion over 10 years.

The next stops on the road to our clean energy future are passing a federal Renewable Electricity Standard of 25 percent by 2025, funding critical investments in clean energy and advanced vehicle manufacturing technologies and providing safeguards for energy-intensive industries that must compete in the global economy. We also need an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, investments in efficiency, mass transit, and freight rail, and, yes, a price on carbon pollution in our economy. In order to ensure the job quality of these investments, we need critical federal prevailing wage measures to guarantee good, family-supporting jobs.

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