Sen. Barrasso Said There's "Nothing Good" About Green Jobs

August 20, 2009 11:55 am ET

While speaking to the Petroleum Association of Wyoming about the American Clean Energy and Security Act, Sen. John Barrasso said "there's nothing good about it." In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent.

Sen. Barrasso Said There's "Nothing Good" About Cap-And-Trade

Sen. Barrasso On Cap-And-Trade: "There's Nothing Good About It." As reported by the Billings Gazette, "congressional leaders from carbon-intensive states such as Wyoming remain adamantly opposed to the Waxman-Markey bill, insisting that the real costs of curbing greenhouse gas emissions would further bankrupt the nation. 'There's nothing good about it,' said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. 'I'm going to do everything to make sure it doesn't pass.'... Petroleum Association of Wyoming's annual meeting in Casper on Wednesday." [Billings Gazette, 8/20/09]

Cap-And-Trade Will Create Millions Of American Jobs

Investment In Clean Energy Technology Will Create Over 1.7 Million American Jobs.  According to the Center for American Progress: "Investments in a clean-energy economy will generate major employment benefits for the entire U.S. economy. Our research finds that spending $150 billion on clean-energy investments would create roughly 1.7 million jobs. This is even after assuming a reduction in fossil fuel spending equivalent to the increase in clean-energy investments." [Center for American Progress, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]

  • Every Single State Will Gain Jobs From An Investment In Clean Energy Technologies. According to the Center for American Progress, investments in clean energy projects would create 1.7 million American jobs in every state in the country. [Center for American Progress, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]

Investment in Clean Energy Technology Creates FOUR TIMES As Many Jobs As An Investment In Oil & Gas.  According to the Center for American Progress, "spending $1 million on energy efficiency and renewable energy produces a much larger expansion of employment than spending the same amount on fossil fuels or nuclear energy. Among fossil fuels, job creation in coal is about 32 percent greater than that for oil and natural gas. The employment creation for energy efficiency-retrofitting and mass transit-is 2.5 times to four times larger than that for oil and natural gas. With renewable energy, the job creation ranges between 2.5 times to three times more than that for oil and gas." [Center for American Progress, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy, 6/17/09]

Investment In Renewable Energy Has Already Salvaged Many Manufacturing Facilities Closed During Economic Downturn.  Across America, factories and plants abandoned by the old economy have been re-tooled and re-opened to satisfy the growing demand for new energy technologies. For instance, once hopeless manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan have re-energized their communities by creating jobs and leading the charge toward a new energy future. [Bloomberg, 4/2/09; Star Tribune, 4/22/09; Grand Rapids Press, 3/6/08]

By 2025, Cap-And-Trade Will Save Americans $95 Billion

By 2025, A Clean Energy Standard Would Save $95 Billion On Energy & Gas Bills.  According to the Center for American Progress: "A national renewable electricity standard, a key piece of the clean energy legislation currently before Congress, would save households and businesses in every state billions of dollars in electricity and natural gas bills... The numbers come from the Union of Concerned Scientists, who earlier this year analyzed a renewable electricity standard that would aim to have 25 percent of our electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. They found that this standard would save families and businesses $95 billion in electricity and natural gas bills through 2030 and spur new investments and hundreds of thousands of new clean-energy jobs." [Center for American Progress, 5/19/09]

71% Of Americans Support The American Clean Energy And Security Act

71% Of Americans Support The American Clean Energy And Security Act.  According to a poll conducted by Zogby International: "A majority of likely voters - 71% - favors the American Clean Energy and Security Act recently passed by the House of Representatives, and two-thirds (67%) believe Congress is either doing the right amount (22%) or should be doing more (45%) to address global warming, new Zogby International telephone poll shows.  Just 28% believe that Congress is doing too much." [Zogby International, 8/11/09]

Poll: "Three-Quarters Of Americans Think The Federal Government Should Regulate The Release Into The Atmosphere Of Greenhouse Gases." As reported by the Washington Post, "Three-quarters of Americans think the federal government should regulate the release into the atmosphere of greenhouse gases from power plants, cars and factories to reduce global warming, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with substantial majority support from Democrats, Republicans and independents." [Washington Post, 6/25/09]

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