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Sensible climate policy can grow all CA jobsPosted by Ashley Hong, Policy Intern on Feb. 19, 2015
California leaders hope that our climate policies will grow the green economy. We hope they are right. But even if green jobs grow, we’ve got to be careful that mandates to reduce fossil fuel use don’t hurt even more jobs in the rest of the economy.
The California Center for Jobs and the Economy released a new report that puts this into perspective. No matter who is measuring green jobs, they amount to no more than 2 percent of total jobs in the California economy. Even a high green jobs growth rate won’t add enough jobs to power our economy. On the flip side, raising energy rates will increase pressure on manufacturers who employ more than 10 percent of California workers. They already pay nearly 80 percent higher rates than the national average for electricity. We need to count manufacturing and other jobs at-risk from higher energy prices to provide a full account of the jobs impact of climate policies. We should also make sure that energy-efficient manufacturing jobs count as “green” when they are lost, or gained, by state policies. CMTA will be advocating for sensible climate policies to keep the entire economy on track.
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