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The Recovery Act: the most important energy bill in American history

If the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) had been an energy bill, it would arguably have been the single-most important piece of clean energy legislation in our nation's history. It drove unprecedented new investments -- both public and private -- into modernizing America's clean energy infrastructure. And its clean energy provisions alone have already saved or created 63,000 jobs and are expected to create more than 700,000 jobs by 2012. Now that ARRA has run its course, we need to stay committed to these investments to keep building the U.S. clean energy industry and remain globally competitive. Newly elected …

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Why 'Made in America' is the gift that keeps on giving

Two engineers in Texas perform quarterly service on a wind turbine.Photo: U.S. Department of AgricultureThis piece was cowritten by Kate Gordon, Bracken Hendricks, and Lisbeth Kaufman of the Energy Opportunity team at American Progress. ‘Tis the holiday season, when Santa's workshop hums with elfin activity. But what about America's workshop? Now is the perfect time to reflect on the state of America's manufacturing sector, and our prospects for economic recovery if we lose the ability to make things here at home. We have come to expect that the lion's share of the toys under our Christmas trees will say made-in-China. …

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A policy framework for investment in energy efficiency retrofits

This post is co-written by Benjamin Goldstein, Reid Detchon, and Kurt Shickman and reprinted with permission of the Center for American Progress. Investments in building efficiency retrofits can simultaneously address the challenges of economic recovery, energy insecurity, and global warming by laying the foundation for sustained economic growth, driving demand in the construction and manufacturing sectors, and creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs across the country. Retrofitting our homes and businesses will also slash consumer energy expenditures, increase real estate values, and provide low-cost, near-term reductions in global warming pollution. Today, buildings account for 70 percent of all U.S. …