Group Commits to Passing Energy/Jobs Bill
Dr. David Gill, candidate for Illinois' 15th Congressional District, has joined a nationwide coalition of nine Democratic candidates committed to creating over 1 million American jobs that cannot be downsized or outsourced overseas.
"Given my focus during three Congressional campaigns on the creation of good-paying jobs, health care financing reform, and green energy development, I applaud the launch of EnergizeUS," Dr. Gill said. "I'm proud to be a charter member of this important movement."
The EnergizeUS coalition was launched this week by David Cozad, Democratic Congressional candidate for TX-06 with the triple goals of delivering jobs in a new energy economy, moving toward independence from foreign oil, and utilizing our nation's resources in a responsible manner. The group also aims to protect our greatest natural resources, including major fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, from irresponsible and risky decisions by BP and other foreign companies that repeatedly ignore safety procedures and risk the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
"We must deliver steady, high-paying jobs to America by developing new energy technologies to reduce our reliance on foreign oil," Mr. Cozad said.
"If we're going to bring this country in for a safe landing, that means all of us working together," Mr. Cozad continued. "EnergizeUS can bring a renewable energy renaissance home with new jobs and a secure energy future, but only if we make it to Washington -- and we'll need the help of everyone in America to do that. There are Congressional caucuses for a variety of issues. What Americans need right now is a Congressional caucus totally focused on putting Americans back to work. That's the EnergizeUS Coalition."
One of the coalition's charter members, Rep. Raul Grijalva, AZ-07 and chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, says now is the right time for this country to unite economic and environmental planning.
"We have to start thinking bigger about the relationship between jobs, energy, conservation and urban planning," Rep. Grijalva urged. "A green jobs agenda is exactly what this country needs to stay competitive in a world economy, and EnergizeUS is committed to making sure Congress takes that need as seriously as it should."
The coalition has outlined its positions on EnergizeUS.org, where it will also list new members as they sign on during this election season. In addition to Mr. Cozad, Dr. Gill, and Rep. Grijalva, charter members include Billy Kennedy, NC-05, Lainey Melnick, TX-21, Jim Holbert, KY-05, and Michael Puhr, running for State Representative in Illinois' 104th district.