Can energy and environmental initiatives fit into President Obama's jobs plan?
In his address to Congress last week, Obama announced a $447 billion proposal to put Americans back to work immediately, and he implored the House and Senate to pass it right away. He didn't mention clean-energy jobs once, but observers reading between the lines see areas where the sector could gain, including creating an infrastructure bank and retrofitting schools to become more energy efficient.
What role can energy and environment policies play in jump-starting the economy? Is the nascent renewable-energy sector growing fast enough to make green jobs a realistic policy option right now? What policies did Obama leave out that should be included in his plan?