This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Last week, President Joe Biden unveiled his long-awaited American Jobs Plan, a sweeping wishlist for fixing the country’s crumbling infrastructure, revitalizing manufacturing and research, and tackling the climate crisis. The United States would make the biggest jobs investment in itself (self-care — so hot right now) since the postwar era — $2 trillion — creating millions of positions to rebuild the post-pandemic economy.
Hidden deep in the American Jobs Plan is a single sentence that calls for mobilizing an army of a uniquely American kind of laborer: “This $10 billion investment will put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice through a new Civilian Climate Corps, all while placing good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans.”
The Civilian Climate Corps is the Civilian Conservation Corps by another name. In 1933, the U.S. government created the CCC, an unpreceden... Read more