Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal

Erin Ryan

Lewis & Clark Law School

February 14, 2009

American Constitution Society Blog at William & Mary Law School, February 14, 2009
Hampton Roads Partnership Blog, October 1, 2009

Like the old New Deal, the new Green Deal will rescue the free-falling economy by investing in infrastructure that creates jobs and repositions American industry toward new kinds of growth. In the 1930s, FDR built a national network of roads, bridges, and parks, connecting producers and consumers, enhancing national security, and protecting natural resources. Today’s mission is exactly the same, but this time the infrastructure that can accomplish it will enable alternative energy generation, storage, and transmission. Sure, we could pass tax cuts instead – but if they don’t work, we’re left with a fistful of nothing. Investing in infrastructure gets people hired to build it, and the worst case scenario at the end of the day is a tangible bedrock for future economic growth.

This short commentary, published on two political blogs, praises the President's pledge to invest in green energy infrastructure, and offers suggestions on how to do it. It urges reluctant members of Congress to act on the stimulus package in order to break ground on plans to invest in a renewable energy economy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

Keywords: renewable energy, infrastructure, green jobs, economic stimulus, New Deal, smart grid, alternative fuels

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Date posted: February 2, 2010  

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Ryan, Erin, Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal (February 14, 2009). American Constitution Society Blog at William & Mary Law School, February 14, 2009 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1546209

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Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States
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