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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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California's Prop 23 is bad news for Latino families

Prop 23 would harm Latinos disproportionately.This article was cross-posted from the Center for American Progress. The upcoming November election contains a ballot initiative that will threaten all Californians' health and safety. But the Latino community will suffer disproportionate harm. Proposition 23 will undo California's Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), which has catalyzed billions of dollars in private sector investment in clean energy in the state -- creating jobs, businesses, and new technologies that are leading the nation toward a cleaner energy future. Repealing AB 32 will make it easier for the worst polluters …