Senator: Clean Energy Law Can Promote Strong Manufacturing Market If Done Right

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Senator: Clean Energy Law Can Promote Strong Manufacturing Market If Done Right

Area Development – An Ohio Senator believes that while clean energy legislation can promote and ignite new jobs, the focus must also be on promoting the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing using targeted retooling assistance and border equalization measures.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, recently joined a group of 13 fellow lawmakers and met with President Barack Obama and several Cabinet officials to talk about climate change legislation.

Attending the meeting were Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.

"My message to President Obama was simple: done right, clean energy legislation can be a jobs bill," Brown said. "A great risk of a weak bill is that U.S. industries incur increased costs, and as a result, cheaper products would be imported from abroad. That's unacceptable and won't create jobs or reduce emissions,” he said in a statement.

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