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Salazar Announces Economic Stimulus Investment For RE

Salazar announces economic stimulus investment for RE(by NAW Staff)Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that $305 million will

fund more than 650 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) projects across the

country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The investments will restore landscapes and habitat, spur renewable energy

development on public lands, and create jobs.Overall, the Department of the Interior will manage $3 billion in

investments as part of the recovery plan signed by the president to

jump-start the U.S. economy, create or save jobs, and put a down payment on

addressing long-neglected challenges so that the U.S. can thrive in the

21st century."The president has said that our nation has a 'moral, environmental,

economic, and security imperative to address our dependence on foreign oil

and tackle climate change in a serious, sustainable manner,'" says Salazar.

"Many of these BLM investments, including several here in Nevada, will lay

the groundwork for our clean energy future by opening the new energy

frontier and creating new, green jobs here in America."BLM stimulus funding in Nevada will provide $26.4 million for more than 40

projects, including investments in renewable energy, habitat restoration,

roads, bridges and trails, abandoned mines and capital improvements.BLM is investing $41 million through the ARRA to advance the nation's

development and transmission of renewable energy on public lands. These

funds will be invested in reducing the backlog of pending applications for

wind and solar projects on BLM-managed land. If approved in the permitting

process, these large-scale renewable energy projects will create new jobs

and increase renewable energy supplies.In addition, these funds will be invested in the regional planning and

siting of future development and transmission of wind, solar, geothermaland

biomass energy. Coordinating the development and transmission of renewable

energy on a regional scale will accelerate the approval of projects and the

creation of jobs associated with the projects.For the latest renewable energy jobs please click here