DO HISPANIC LEADERS CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT?

THE HISPANIC BLOG BY JESSICA MARIE GUTIERREZ

Why the environment is a Latino issue

photo by CNN: A fruit vendor walks near the Department of Water and Power San Fernando Valley Generating Station in Sun Valley, California.

For Latinos, there is plenty in this budget, especially coming on the heels of the president’s State of the Union speech a couple of weeks ago, to remind us that there is still reason to be hopeful. Obama‘s call for greater income equality on taxes, his focus on job creation, including focusing on key elements of his American Jobs Act (supported by 78% of Latinos), his renewed call for DREAM Act legislation in the State of the Union, and yes, his commitment to environmental and public health protections, as well as for the expansion of a clean energy economy.

More than 150,000 jobs are already out there in the clean car industry — for workers making parts and assembling hybrid and electric cars. And the shift to more advanced vehicles means more opportunity in the coming years.

Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/15/opinion/cardona-latino-environment/index.html

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