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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; More hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce deadline approaches; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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An expulsion vote looms for Rep. George Santos, the Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits against district maps and the Supreme Court hears a case which could cut the power of federal agencies.

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Report: Green Recovery Plan Could Bring Tens of Thousands of Jobs to Ohio

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Columbus, OH – Rebuilding Ohio's industrial economy and reducing addiction to fossil fuels, all while adding tens of thousands of jobs - that's the scenario laid out in a new report out this week from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The plan proposes investment in retrofitting buildings, expanding mass transit, and production of wind, solar power, and advanced biofuels.

Carl Pope, executive Director of the Sierra Club, believes this would be especially beneficial for the Buckeye State.

"Ohio is very well positioned, because of its access to wonderful transportation opportunities, both on the Great Lakes and on the Ohio River, to be a real leader in developing this green opportunity."

The report also says more than 180,000 Ohio jobs could see growth or wage increases. According to the study, a combination of tax credits, loan guarantees to small businesses and direct public investment spending could be the catalyst to a clean energy transition.

Blue Green Alliance Executive Director David Foster says the report should help ease concerns that a green economy would mean lost jobs.

"Environmental investments aren't job-killers but are, in fact, the greatest job-creators we have at a particularly worrisome time in our economy."

The report was written by the Political Economy Research Institute and commissioned by the Center for American Progress. The full report is available online at
www.peri.umass.edu.




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