I’ll be appearing on “Transitions to Transformation,” a web radio program hosted by Susan Sabella, tomorrow night, Monday, January 28th, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, along with my pal Jay Alexander. Jay has an heroic effort going on to bring back the CCC, aka the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program that put at least 250,000 young men to work right off the bat, building infrastructure, doing soil conservation and firefighting, and other public works activities, mostly on public lands. In its 9-year history, the CCC had over 2.5 million guys go through the program in toto. Most of the trails and campgrounds I used at Scout camps, or at National or state parks, in the ’60s and ’70s, were built by the “CCC boys.” Jay will be talking about H.R. 188, a bill to revive the CCC and provide work to returning servicemen and women and people on unemployment, and get busy repairing our current sagging infrastructure. It’s sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, and reads as follows:
“21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act – Authorizes the President, in order to relieve widespread unemployment, restore depleted natural resources in the United States, and advance public works programs, to establish a Civilian Conservation Corps to employ unemployed or underemployed U.S. citizens in the construction, maintenance, and carrying on of works of a public nature, such as forestation of U.S. and state lands, prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion, and construction and repair of National Park System paths and trails.
Authorizes the President to extend Corps activities to state- and private-owned lands to prevent and control forest fires and floods and attacks of forest tree pests and diseases.
Requires the President, based on certain criteria, to give preference to the employment of additional persons in the Corps in the following order: (1) unemployed Armed Forces veterans (including Reserve members); (2) unemployed U.S. citizens who have exhausted their unemployment compensation; (3) unemployed U.S. citizens who are eligible for unemployment compensation immediately before employment in the Corps, including any additional compensation or extended compensation; and (4) other unemployed or underemployed U.S. citizens.
Authorizes the President to provide housing and transportation for Corps employees. Prohibits discrimination in the hiring of Corps employees.”
What with the increase in natural disasters caused by climate change, clumsy oil companies, etc., we NEED a CCC-type group to pitch in. Hell, I’ll provide some of the training! The National Guard isn’t exactly trained for this sort of thing, and we’ve all seen FEMA’s limitations, so I think this is a great idea. Jay’s had several petitions on this issue. You can see his Facebook page, CCC for Green Jobs, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/315650290291/?ref=ts&fref=ts
The topic Sue wants ME to cover is, guess what, climate change! I’ll get into any other enviro topic that comes up, though. There’s no time limit on the show; she says it could go to two or even three hours if we get some call volume. Sorry it’s not a toll-free number; the show’s out of Florida, but if you have minutes on your phone and feel like giving us a holler, please do! I’m sure it’ll be an interesting 3-way discussion. I’ve had some nice phone convos and FB chats with Jay in the past, and I talked to Sue for about a half-hour last week, so I think it’ll be worth tuning in to. The link to follow is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/reverend-sue/2013/01/29/bring-back-the-civilian-conservation-corps
Also, please send a prayer, or positive healing energy, or however you personally do that sort of thing, to Tabby, Susan’s cat, who has a tumor under her leg. Regular readers know what a cat fanatic I am, and I lost my Cupcake to the same thing about 12 years ago, so I know how rough it can be to go through. Thanks!