WASHINGTON – Alternative energy legislation sponsored by Democrats in the Senate would create 530,000 good, family-supporting American jobs, according to a new report released today by the Apollo Alliance. Half of these would be high-paying jobs manufacturing wind turbines, solar panels and energy efficient vehicles. Another 10 percent would be high-paying construction jobs as Americans go to work building wind farms, energy efficient homes and businesses, and new transit systems.
Today’s report includes state-specific numbers illustrating that the Clean EDGE Act of 2006 would create thousands of jobs in every state in the nation, including many of those states hardest hit by the loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs. The Clean EDGE Act alone would replace 8 percent of these manufacturing jobs lost since 2000 in America.
Apollo Alliance president Jerome Ringo said his group has a 10-step national agenda to create energy independence by the year 2015. The alliance represents a coalition of national security, labor, environmental, civil rights and business leaders who are fighting for energy independence from foreign energy sources.
“It’s time to kick American into high-gear with a modern Apollo plan that sets America free from dangerous, foreign oil, while creating millions of new jobs,” said Ringo.
With gas prices skyrocketing and middle-class jobs getting shipped abroad in the past five years, Senators Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., joined the Apollo Alliance on a conference call with reporters today to release the new report on energy independence job creation.
“Americans are looking forward to a future where we buy fuel produced in the Midwest instead of the Middle East,” Stabenow said on today’s call. “We’ve known for a long time that investing in alternative energy would create thousands of good-paying jobs in Michigan, and this report is further confirmation. These jobs would benefit many parts of Michigan’s economy, boosting our manufacturers, farmers, automakers and research centers.”
“Investing in new fuel technologies will not only help break our fossil fuel dependence in favor of cleaner, more reliable alternatives, but will also create thousands of new family wage manufacturing jobs,” said Cantwell, co-chair of the Apollo Alliance and a member of the Senate Energy Committee. “This report proves that betting on American ingenuity and technological expertise is far better than continuing to gamble on the future good will of unfriendly Middle East regimes for our energy needs.”
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APOLLO ALLIANCE REPORT:ESTIMATED NUMBER OF JOBS CREATED BY STATE
–Alabama, 7,815–Alaska, 806–Arizona, 8,172–Arkansas, 5,451–California, 53,751–Colorado, 7,504–Connecticut, 6,290–Delaware, 1,259–District of Columbia, 685–Florida, 23,064–Georgia, 16,995–Hawaii, 1,181–Idaho, 1,952–Illinois, 25,863–Indiana, 19,727–Iowa, 5,632–Kansas, 5,318–Kentucky, 8,287–Louisiana, 5,669–Maine, 1,867–Maryland, 7,262–Massachusetts, 13,072–Michigan, 29,318–Minnesota, 10,379–Mississippi, 3,952–Missouri, 13,782–Montana, 10,379–Nebraska, 2,769–Nevada, 3,328–New Hampshire, 3,071–New Jersey, 13,214–New Mexico, 2,235–New York, 27,154–North Carolina, 17,459–North Dakota, 852–Ohio, 25,634–Oklahoma, 5,342–Oregon, 6,748–Pennsylvania, 25,965–Rhode Island, 1,960–South Carolina, 10,705–South Dakota, 1,553–Tennessee, 11,976–Texas, 37,566–Utah, 4,045–Vermont, 1,411–Virginia, 13,425–Washington, 8,092–West Virginia, 3,076–Wisconsin, 16,586–Wyoming, 831