Justice for the Gulf Coast
In 2005 and 2008, a string of severe hurricanes hammered the US Gulf Coast. Their names—Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike—will be forever linked with an ugly truth about our country: Poverty exists here in the US, and it is particularly deep and persistent in the regions hit hardest by these hurricanes.
Fortunately, a bill is about to be introduced in Congress that would create thousands of green jobs to help rebuild the Gulf Coast, restore natural flood protection and promote energy efficiency—beginning to right the wrongs of the past and helping to protect the region from future deadly storms and the growing effects of climate change. The bill would create a minimum of 100,000 jobs and training opportunities for local and displaced workers using green building techniques and technologies on projects such as reinvesting in infrastructure and restoring wetlands and barrier islands.
It would empower residents to return home with dignity and create stronger, safer, and more equitable communities. No region of the United States has a greater need for rebuilding its infrastructure and restoring its environment than America's Gulf Coast.