“We cannot keep going from shock to trance on the issue of energy security, rushing to propose action when gas prices rise, then hitting the snooze button when they fall again. The United States of America cannot afford to bet our long-term prosperity and security on a resource that will eventually run out. Not anymore. Not when the cost to our economy, our country, and our planet is so high. Not when your generation needs us to get this right. It is time to do what we can to secure our energy future.”

-President Obama, March 30, 2011

Download the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future (pdf)

In an effort to keep America on the cutting edge of clean energy technology, whitehouse.gov states that we must “focus on expanding cleaner sources of electricity, including renewables like wind and solar, as well as clean coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.”

To help us reach these goals, the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future outlines a three-part strategy:

  • Develop and Secure America’s Energy Supplies: We need to deploy American assets, innovation, and technology so that we can safely and responsibly develop more energy here at home and be a leader in the global energy economy.
  • Provide Consumers With Choices to Reduce Costs and Save Energy: Volatile gasoline prices reinforce the need for innovation that will make it easier and more affordable for consumers to buy more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, use alternative means of transportation, weatherize their homes and workplaces, and in doing so, save money and protect the environment. These measures help families’ pocketbooks, reduce our dependence on finite energy sources and help create jobs here in the United States.
  • Innovate our Way to a Clean Energy Future: Leading the world in clean energy is critical to strengthening the American economy and winning the future. We can get there by creating markets for innovative clean technologies that are ready to deploy, and by funding cutting-edge research to produce the next generation of technologies. And as new, better, and more efficient technologies hit the market, the Federal government needs to put words into action and lead by example.
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The minimum wage in Haiti is $0.30 an hour.

The minimum wage for prison labor is $0.23 an hour.

But so what? They are prisoners, right? They aren’t free, can’t vote, and shouldn’t be subject to the same minimum wage requirements that other citizens are.

The problem is that prison labor processes a large percentage of government electronic waste. How careful, diligent, and thorough do you think a prisoner, who is forced to work, and only being paid 23 cents an hour is going to be?

Prison labor is not confined to processing electronic waste. Unicor, Federal Prison Industries, has divisions that produce military clothing, electronic parts, run call centers, and manufacture bedding, license plates, signs, and printing. The failure rate among prisoner made wire sold to the military is 200% higher than the military’s next worst supplier. They have a 42% rate of delivering orders late, compared to the industry standard of 6%

Want some facts? read here:

http://www.prisonpolicy.org/prisonindex/prisonlabor.html

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