October 12, 2010
While the debate continues over creating jobs versus “saving” jobs in California’s battle of Prop 23, we need to take a look at what is happening in the clean-tech space both abroad and on our shores to see the value that alternative energy offers.
In a recent speech on Capitol Hill, German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, said that 300,000 clean energy jobs have been created in Germany. He continued by saying that renewable energy is the “country’s fastest growing sector.” In Europe’s biggest economy, “We have succeeded in reducing our CO2 emissions by 28%.”
Here at home, Google announced that it has agreed to invest in a $5 Billion in an offshore electric network project that will transmit wind power in the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Virginia. On Google’s blog, the Company says that the project “…offers a solid financial return while helping to accelerate offshore wind development – so it’s good for both business and good for the environment. The new project can enable the creation of thousands of jobs, improve consumer access to clean energy sources and increase the reliability of the Mid-Atlantic region’s existing power grid.” Click on link below for the full story.
“We believe in investing in projects that make good business sense and further the development of renewable energy.” If renewable energy makes “business sense” to Google, what are some Californians, and the supporters of Prop 23, missing?
Twenty years ago there was no internet, and renewable energy was just a collection of research projects. How could business survive today without online capabilities? How can we survive in the future without new sources of clean energy?
Think back to August 2003. A blackout affected 45 million Americans up and down the East Coast and Mid West. While the cause of the power loss ranged from a lightning storm to failure to do adequate tree trimming, the real cause was the inadequate state of the electric transmission grid.
What has changed in the past 6 years? Not much except that the system is six years older, and the threat of a wide spread outage continues to exist.
Isn’t it clear that finding, investing, and implementing renewable energy and developing new sources of transmission provide a solution to more than just the environment? Solving these issues is good for California, good for the US, and good for the planet.