Jan Freed, Pasadena Star News,
August 10, 2016
The jobs climate
Re: Joel Kotkin and Bill Watkins’ “Economics of delusion” column (Aug. 7):
In their somber review of California job growth, they oddly omit the brightest star of the show. In 2014, jobs in clean energy rose 5 percent, a percentage more than double the state’s overall 2.2 percent job growth rate and triple the national job growth rate of 1.6 percent.
Policies that foster continued growth in clean energy, such as a national, revenue-neutral, price on carbon (fees returned to the public monthly), will only make the clean energy star shine more brightly. Enormous savings in health (individual, statewide and planetary) will follow the growth in jobs.
Being a climate voter is also being a jobs voter.