Merkley to chair green jobs subcommittee

Sen. Jeff Merkley will chair a new Senate subcommittee focused on green jobs and clean energy investments.

Sen. Jeff Merkley will chair a new Senate subcommittee focused on green jobs and clean energy investments. 

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced Tuesday he will chair the Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee created out of the Senate committee for the environment and public works.

The subcommittee will oversee the creation of jobs and economic opportunity through the deployment of sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, energy efficiency and other clean energy practices. The group will handle federal investments in green technologies that reduce carbon emissions including advancements in energy efficiency and conservation and renewable power.

In a statement issued Tuesday Merkley said: "Oregon is a leader in renewable energy and the green economy, and I look forward to bringing those innovative ideas for job creation to the U.S. Senate. Whether it’s biofuels, wind, energy efficiency renovations, or any number of other ideas, we can create great jobs and growth while also building a more sustainable, low-carbon, oil-independent economy. We should be spending money to create jobs and opportunity here in America, not sending away billions to buy oil overseas. I look forward to promoting red, white and blue American-made renewable energy and working to create more jobs in Oregon and across America."

Merkley has been a champion for the cleantech industry bringing forward bills to support the electric vehicle industry and backing SolarWorld's claim regarding unfair trade practices in the solar industry.

The news comes less than a week following the announcement that Merkley would chair the Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee on economic policy, a plum post for implementing financial services reform.

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