Unfazed By Oil Industry Falsehoods, Americans Believe In Green Jobs

August 28, 2009 10:10 am ET

Despite the millions of dollars spent by America's largest special interest groups in attempts to convince the public that an investment in clean energy will lead to job losses, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Americans just aren't buying it.

Americans Believe The American Clean Energy And Security Act Will Create Jobs

As the Senate takes up the American Clean Energy and Security Act, big business associations including the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity have spent millions spreading the falsehood that passage of the bill would result in job losses.

Americans just aren't buying it.

Washington Post-ABC News Poll:

Fewer than one in five say that the reform efforts would lead to job losses; more than twice as many see added jobs. [Washington Post, 8/28/09]

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Americans Are Right, Clean Energy 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]

Americans Support The American Clean Energy And Security Act

Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Six In Ten Americans Support "Support The Proposed Changes To U.S. Energy Policy Being Developed By Congress And The Administration." As reported by the Washington Post, "Nearly six in 10 of those polled support the proposed changes to U.S. energy policy being developed by Congress and the administration. Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the issue, compared with 30 percent who do not. A narrower majority, 52 to 43 percent, back a cap-and-trade system; that margin is unchanged since June." [Washington Post, 8/28/09]

Zogby: 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]

 

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