Granholm calls for national clean energy jobs contest
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
Governor Granholm is calling for a new national commitment to create "green energy" jobs. She outlined the plan Thursday in a piece for The Huffington Post.
The plan outlined by the governor calls for taking a portion of the $170 billion the federal government spends on economic development, and using it to spur competition among states to create clean energy jobs. She says the competition should begin early next year and the winners announced within six months - with a goal of creating three million new jobs within three years.
She says the approach would be similar to how the Obama administration used "Race to the Top" money to push education reforms.
In Michigan, the governor's used state and federal energy incentives to lure 18 advanced battery projects to the state. Her office would not say whether the idea offers a hint as to what Granholm would like to do when she leaves office at the end of the year.
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