Nutter going green, but we're not talking Eagles

Mayor Nutter will deliver some Very Bad News tomorrow, putting the latest official number on the city's five-year budget shortfall. And then he's off to Washington to talk about green jobs.

At 2 p.m. tomorrow, the mayor will headline a hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. 

According to a press release, the hearing will focus on "creating jobs and stimulating our economy through renewable energy and efficiency programs. The economic stimulus package being worked on by Congress and President-elect Barack Obama presents an opportunity for America to take a step forward by investing in renewable technology and infrastructure that will put people to work while transitioning our nation to a clean energy economy."

Also testifying will be Van Jones, director of Green for All, which promotes green-collar jobs; Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association; Trevor Houser, an energy market expert; and David Kreutzer, a senior policy analyist on energy economics from the Heritage Foundation.

No word yet about what else, if anything, the mayor will be doing in Washington. He's expected to return next week - for Obama's inauguration.


According to a draft of his testimony, Nutter expects to tell lawmakers that "making Philadelphia the 'greenest city in America' is a hallmark challenge of my administration."

He plans to mention specific Philadelphia projects that would benefit from funds in President-elect Obama's proposed ecomomic stimulus package. For instance, he will propose an expansion of the city's weatherization program, in which the city currently pays $19 million a year for work such as window sealing and wall insulation in 5,000 homes.

"A greatly expanded weatherization program could become part of a pipeline to retool Philadelphia's workforce to meet growing demand in the private market for home weatherization," says Nutter's testimony. "For some of this work, training can be completed in as little as two weeks and most in less than six months, allowing unemployed or underemployed Philadelphians to transition rapidly into a sector with tremendous opportunity."

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