Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, today unveiled a $36 billion bill aimed at boosting "green energy manufacturing" efforts nationwide - an initiative Brown says could help make Ohio the "Silicon Valley" of alternative energy.

The money would be spent over five years - starting with $1 billion in the first year and ramping up to $10 billion by the third - on grants, loans and other investments aimed at spurring new energy technologies such as wind and solar power.

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