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

May 14, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Mercury, carbon and soot. Most Nevadans have heard by now that these toxic pollutants are harming the environment, ecosystems and health. Enacting regulations to reduce these pollutants will kill jobs that big energy companies provide, some say.

However, the policy director of the National Wildlife Federation Climate & Energy program says Americans can actually have it both ways - if the powers that be will allow it. Joe Mendelsen explains that the Clean Air Act and EPA policies that help the nation 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 it's growing."

A whole host of American jobs go along with clean energy - jobs that cannot be outsourced, he adds - such as those associated with wind turbines. It's not only about making the turbines themselves, he says. Just like the car industry, a vast supply chain is necessary to make the parts that come together to create the turbine.

"Wind-energy facilities don't emit carbon pollution and 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 on the ground who are doing the construction jobs."

The facts show that Americans can create jobs while also cleaning up the air, making it safer to breathe and improving the health of people and animals for generations to come, Mendelsen says.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV