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Stimulus Equals “Green” Jobs for North Dakota

February 25, 2009

Fargo, ND – Conservationists say that, of the 8,000 jobs likely to be created in North Dakota by the massive national economic stimulus bill signed by the President last week, many will be green.

Corry Westbrook, legislative director for the National Wildlife Federation, says the first thing the measure will do nationally and in North Dakota is to establish a "green" infrastructure.

"That includes a drinking water state revolving fund, as well as education and training for green jobs."

Westbrook says this is only the beginning, and she's looking forward to help from North Dakota lawmakers to improve the environment.

"It's a good down payment on getting us onto a road toward better energy system, which will benefit all Americans, including the people of North Dakota. However, we'll still need global warming legislation."

Opponents of global warming regulation say it's something the country can ill afford to fund right now. Westbrook notes that the stimulus plan will put North Dakotans to work installing solar panels and windmills, as well as modernizing the power grid.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND