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Naomi Bloch






October 23, 2012

Potomac, Md

Naomi Bloch

I recently attended a meeting at the Green America offices, in downtown Washington D.C., to learn about the The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012.

Green America (Formerly Co-Op America) is working on a campaign to create these U.S. Treasury Bonds to “encourage and reward citizen investment in the clean energy industry.”

This is the Clean Energy Victory Bond (CEVB) Fact Sheet:

Clean Energy Victory Bonds are U.S. Treasury bonds that will be available for as little as $25, and encourage and reward citizen investment in the burgeoning domestic clean energy industry.

Economic Benefits of Clean Energy Victory Bonds

  • Leverage $50 billion investment to provide up to $150 billion in public and private financing to fund the production of innovative energy technologies, at a time when the US is falling behind other countries in clean energy manufacture and installation.
  • Help create at least 1.7 million competitively paying jobs in the U.S.
  • Provide financing for clean energy without raising taxes on individuals or corporations.
  • Support America’s clean energy sector, helping to ensure that the U.S. is a world leader in this increasingly crucial and competitive industry.
  • Reduce U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy; enhance national security, and limit price increases and fluctuations.

Individual and Institutional Investor Benefits of Clean Energy Victory Bonds.

  • Provide a secure, competitive, government-backed investment vehicle for average Americans and investment institutions alike seeking a safe place for their money.
  • Provides a return that is equal to, or superior to, other Treasury bonds, based on the benefits created by the bonds.
  • Help all Americans to invest in the future of their country and benefit from their investments.

Environmental Benefits of Clean Energy Victory Bonds

  • Promote a cleaner environment through the financing of clean energy technologies.

Protect the health and safety of Americans by reducing local air and water pollution throughout the country.

For more information about this bond, please check out the link below:


So many good suggestions and ideas were expressed at this meeting that it seems likely Green America will be forming a working group in order to strategize on how to best grown support for H.R. 6275 all across the nation.

An approach that was offered up by myself, and expanded upon by others, was how this idea might be able to get better traction.  The idea is to advance the model locally, in tandem with this exciting national level bill.

In the spirit of the oft-expressed adage: “Think Globally, But Act Locally”, I do hope that this working group is formed and that we are able to find ways to tackle this from both the “top down” and “bottom up”.  Of course, I will keep you update on how this develops.

These Clean Energy Bonds are modeled like the  succesful “Victory Gardens” during WWII. Victory Gardens flourished as a way for all Americans to help support their country and communities during the stresses and economic challenges facing the country at that time.

I have to say that today, once again, we are facing some daunting challenges in our own time, both environmentally as well as economically.  I believe that it is going to take all of us working creatively together to address the challenges.

Regardless of whatever other iterations this idea might take in the future, I really believe that Green America has the right idea here!  It deserves our enthusiastic support.

By going to the link above, you can learn about how to contact your own U.S. Representative as well some guidance for how to formulate either a phone call or email in support of H.R. 6275.

Buy giving our Congressional representatives a clear sense of the public’s support for this effort we can all have a role in helping move good ideas like this one into existence.  Then, after it is made a reality, we all can/will continue to support this effort by buying our own Clean Energy Bonds!

I am buoyed by all the creative problem solving going on at the local, state, national, and global levels to how best to shift from a fossil-based economy toward a much more sustainable array of alternatives.

Onward to Victory!





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