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Biden task force pushes 'green jobs'

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(Read caption) (Left to right) Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D) of Pennsylvania, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, Sen. Bob Casey (D) of Pennsylvania, Mayor Michael Nutter, Rep. Bob Brady (D) of Pennsylvania, and Sen. Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania tour the University of Pennsylvania's campus Friday.

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The first meeting of the White House's Middle Class Task Force on Friday focused on how the creation of so-called "green jobs" can help fuel the economic recovery and bolster the middle class.

The meeting, which took place Friday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was live-blogged on the White House's website, is chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. Speakers included John Podesta, the president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank; Van Jones, president of Green for All, a group that seeks green jobs for the poor; Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund; Carol Browner, Obama's special adviser on energy and climate change; Leo Gerard, president of United Steelworkers; and Michael Nutter, the mayor of Philadelphia.

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