Environmental organization that grew out of the Campaign for America's Future
Believes that expanded government intervention and control is the solution to all social and economic problems
A notable Apollo Alliance board member is Van Jones.
Has much influence on the Obama administration's environmental policies
A project of the Tides Center, the Apollo Alliance (AA) claims to have been “launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America.” AA says that in late 2007 it “spun off from its founding organizations, Campaign for America’s Future and Center for Wisconsin Strategy, formed its own Board of Directors, and expanded its staff and program to better meet the critical challenge of promoting clean energy and good jobs.” AA's name derives from the Apollo space program that set out in 1962 to put a man on the moon, and achieved its goal less than seven years later. Similarly, says AA, "an Apollo project for energy freedom must be big, bold and fast."
The watchdog website UndueInfluence.comdescribes AA as a coalition composed of “[t]rue believers with an absolute belief that government is the solution to all social and economic problems, allied with labor unions, subsidy-seeking companies and global warming / weather control advocates.”
AA describes itself as “a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs.” “Inspired by the Apollo space program,” adds AA, “we promote investments in energy efficiency, clean power, mass transit, next-generation vehicles, and emerging technology, as well as in education and training. Working together, we will reduce carbon emissions and oil imports, spur domestic job growth, and position America to thrive in the 21st century economy.”
Van Jones describes Apollo Alliance’s mission as “sort of a grand unified field theory for progressive left causes.”
A director of New York State’s chapter of Apollo Alliance is Jeff Jones (no relation to Van Jones). AA’s website describes Jeff Jones as someone devoted to “clean[ing] up toxic pollution in inner-city and rural neighborhoods and revers[ing]global warming.” The website does not mention that in the 1970s Jones was one of the four key leaders of the Weather Underground terrorist organization, along with Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn.
Apollo Alliance exerts a powerful influence on the views and policies of the Obama administration. AA helped craft portions of the $787 billion “stimulus” legislation (officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that President Obama signed into law in early 2009. Specifically, AA had a hand in writing the “clean energy and green-collar jobs provisions” of the bill, for which $86 billion was earmarked. This included funds “to build new transit and high speed rail lines, weatherize homes, develop next generation batteries for clean vehicles, scale up wind and solar power, build a modern electric grid, and train a new generation of green-collar workers.” AA recommended that the stimulus bill allocate $11 billion for the development of a so-called "Smart Grid," which would use digital technology to deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers; ultimately the bill allocated precisely that amount to Smart Grid-related projects, including a $100 million provision for job training related to Smart Grid technology.
Confirming the magnitude of AA's role in shaping the stimulus bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidsaid in mid-2009: “The Apollo Alliance has been an important factor in helping us [the U.S. Senate] develop and execute a strategy that makes great progress on these goals and in motivating the public to support them.”
In February 2010, it was reported that AA was instrumental in helping to draft a "clean technology" bill that Democrats in the U.S. Senate were promoting. Known as the "Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology Act of 2009" (IMPACT), the bill was sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown.
2. Invest in more efficient factories: “Make innovative use of the tax code and economic development systems to promote more efficient and profitable manufacturing while saving energy through environmental retrofits …”
3. Encourage high performance building: “Increase investment in construction of ‘green buildings’ and energy-efficient homes and offices through innovative financing and incentives, improved building operations, and updated codes and standards …”
4. Increase use of energy-efficient appliances.
5. Modernize electrical infrastructure.
6. Expand renewable energy development: “Diversify energy sources by promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind …”
7. Improve transportation options: “[I]nves[t] in effective multimodal networks including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail and magnetic levitation rail projects.”
8. Reinvest in smart urban growth: “Revitalize urban centers to promote strong cities and good jobs, by rebuilding and upgrading local infrastructure including road maintenance, bridge repair, and water and waste water systems, and by expanding redevelopment of idled urban ‘brownfield’ lands, and by improving metropolitan planning and governance.”
9. Plan for a hydrogen future: “Invest in long-term research & development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, and deploy the infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered cars and distributed electricity generation using stationary fuel cells, to create jobs in the industries of the future.
10. Preserve regulatory protections: “Encourage … regulation that ensures energy diversity and system reliability, [and] that protects workers and the environment …”
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