Second round of stimulus includes green jobs

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On Monday President Barack Obama announced his plans for the next round of stimulus money to create 600,000 jobs.

“There are some who, despite all evidence to the contrary, still don’t believe in the necessity and promise of the recovery act and I would suggest to them that they talk to the companies who, because of this plan, scrapped the idea of laying off employees and in fact decided to hire employees,” Obama said.

Some of the newly proposed initiatives in the $787 billion Recovery Act are environmental. Politico reported that some of the new jobs will be in the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The new wave of stimulus will create 107 jobs for National Parks, 200 jobs for new waste and water systems in rural areas and begin clean up work at 20 superfund sites from the national priority list.

The purpose of the stimulus is job creation but environmental gains are being made at the same time, keeping the campaign promise of new green jobs.

In an effort of transparency, Obama also announced the start of a new Web site WhiteHouse.gov/Recovery. The Web site makes it easier for people to track stimulus spending.