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NWF: We Really Can Have It All: EPA Regs & New Jobs

May 14, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. - Mercury, carbon and soot. Most people in Connecticut have heard by now that these toxic pollutants are harming our environment, ecosystems and health.

Some people say that if we continue working to reduce these pollutants, it will cut down jobs that the big energy companies provide. But Joe Mendelson, policy director, Climate & Energy program, National Wildlife Federation, says we can actually have it both ways, if the powers that be will allow it.

He says policies that help transition from dirty energy to clean energy actually do create jobs.

"Just recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics put out a study that showed that over 3.1 million new jobs have been created through our environmental economy, if you will, and that it's growing."

Mendelson says many people don't realize there are a whole host of American jobs that go along with clean energy and that can't be outsourced: for instance, wind turbines.

It's not just about making the turbines themselves. Just as with the car industry, there is a vast supply chain necessary to make the parts that come together to make the turbine.

"Wind energy facilities that don't emit carbon pollution, that are good for our climate: there is steel that needs to be made to go into those, there are tool-and-die manufacturers in other facilities that are making the parts that go into those wind turbines, there are people that are on the ground who are doing the construction jobs."

It has been argued that the Clean Air Act and the EPA are killing jobs, but Mendelson says the facts show we can create jobs, while also cleaning up the air, and in turn, making the air safer to breathe and improving the health of people and animals for generations to come.



Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT