Manufacturers respond to Democrats' green economic development initiative

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 4, 2011

This week, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) announced their "Clean Energy Jobs" initiative (watch).  The plan re-introduced a 33% renewable portfolio standard, streamlined siting for renewable energy projects, incentives for increased energy efficiency, and grants for career technical education for clean energy careers.  All four were part of previously failed legislation.

Below is CMTA president Jack Stewart's formal response that was distributed to statewide media:

"Senator Steinberg and Speaker Perez want the state to grow millions of new green manufacturing jobs. But requiring hard-hit industrial ratepayers to pay for expensive energy projects will discourage green manufacturing jobs in California, and hurt other manufacturers in the bargain.

California must develop a comprehensive job creation strategy that protects existing jobs and plans for the creation of new jobs. California shouldn't subsidize one sector of the economy by imposing higher costs on others.

A focus on growth of jobs in the green economy won’t bring California back from the brink – there are not enough of them to go around.

A recent UC Berkeley report pegs the state's green job growth at 211,000 over ten years and a recent Next Ten report -- Many Shades of Green -- pegs the state's existing green collar growth at 174,000. In both cases it's less than 1.3% of our current job base.

And that doesn't even account for the losses that will occur in other sectors.

A recent study by California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting -- The Truth About Green Jobs and the Economy -- said that wind and solar power is subsidized more than $23 per unit of energy, while natural gas and coal energy units cost the government and taxpayers less than $1. The report also concluded that green jobs will be counterproductive if California becomes economically inefficient -- creating green jobs, but raising costs or reducing output.

Until we send the message that we welcome all types of investment and jobs, the state will not recover from the recession."

You can get 'The Truth about Green Jobs' report and summary here


Here are a few news clips CMTA was in as a result:

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