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Biden: Funds will improve energy efficiency, create jobs

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden recently annouced funds that may help those who use construction equipment.
Vice President Joe Biden recently annouced funds that may help those who use construction equipment.

Vice President Joe Biden, along with other administration officials, recently announced $452 million in funding for energy-efficient building retrofits.

The funds are being made through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and are going to 25 communities across the country. Along with helping making the country more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, the funds will help create an estimated 30,000 jobs over the next three years.

"This investment in some of the most innovative energy-efficiency projects across the country will not only help homeowners and businesses make cost-cutting retrofit improvements, but also create jobs right here in America," Biden said.

Allison Forbes, a representative with the Sierra Club, noted the funds could be use to help train those who use construction equipment, including workers and contractors.

The ARRA was passed by Congress on February 13, 2009 and provided billions of dollars in funding to help create jobs, increase economic activity and encourage long-term growth. According to the government, recipients have reported that 608,317 jobs were created by those funds from October to December of last year.
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