FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2010
Energy expert warns Washington policymakers of ‘green’ job pitfalls, calls for policy that promotes innovation and economic growth
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The energy and environment set on Capitol Hill is busily preparing for both the release next week of the U.S. Senate’s revised climate bill and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this Thursday. As advocates of cap-and-trade and its ability to stimulate the economy with seemingly countless “green” jobs tout these events, however, Jack Rafuse, principal of the Rafuse Organization, is urging lawmakers to step back and examine exactly what cap-and-trade and this push for new, “green” jobs really mean for the American economy:
“Some of our lawmakers are making the case that the revised climate bill expected from the Senate next week will be the answer for our crippled job market. However, pushing for government-subsidized ‘green’ jobs in the renewable energy sector at the expense of other traditional jobs will simply not get us to where we need to be. In fact, traditional jobs provided by our domestic oil and natural gas industry are one of the best avenues to ease the American economy’s current woes.”
Rafuse continues, “Take, for example, the fact that the U.S. oil and natural gas sector created more than 2 million jobs between 2004 and 2007, right here in America. This is in stark contrast to the Senate’s current favoring of green technology – such as wind and solar – that stands to benefit mainly Western European countries that will make most of the solar cells and wind turbines needed to meet the climate legislation’s goals. Furthermore, America’s oil and natural gas companies are already implementing the innovative policies that are leading the charge in emissions mitigation. For instance, from 2000 to 2008, our conventional energy companies have invested a staggering 58 billion dollars in greenhouse gas-cutting technologies – that’s more than the government and all other private industry have spent combined.
“‘Green’ jobs should not be favored in any legislation that disadvantages industries, such as the oil and natural gas industry, that already have a proven track record of creating millions of sound, well-paying jobs. Congress should, therefore, re-group and negotiate a solution to our energy and environment challenges that promotes growth across the entire economy. And that means first recognizing that a new job is a new job, regardless of its color.”
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