WH Seeks to Help Unemployed Construction Workers

Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 12:45 PM

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One of the jobs plans President Barack Obama is considering involves using construction workers to retrofit commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient. The White House believes such a plan could create up to 1 million jobs, The Washington Post’s 44 Politics and Policy blog reports.
The president, who is scheduled to give a major jobs speech after Labor Day, discussed the retrofit plan with General Electric Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt and American Express Chief Executive Ken Chenault, co-chairs of the Jobs and Competitiveness Council.
The two had previously advocated such plan in a June Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, the Post reported.
“More than two million construction workers don’t have work,” they wrote. “Every city in America has commercial buildings that can be made more energy efficient. Both the private and public sectors can step up to create good jobs and save energy.”
The cost of such a program is unclear as is who would pay for it.

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