May 17, 2020

Is the EPA a 'Jobs Killer'?

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Environmental Protection Agency
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Lisa Jackson of the EPA defends President Obama
Established with support from Congress in 1970 under Republican President Richard Nixon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was once considered...


Established with support from Congress in 1970 under Republican President Richard Nixon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was once considered “above partisanship.” In that State of the Union address, Nixon said, “We can no longer afford to consider air and water common property, free to be abused by anyone without regard to the consequences.”

Today, Congress and Republicans have launched a war against the organization, claiming that its regulations are too harsh and kill jobs. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can be seen in various media defending the organization.

In an interview conducted by the television show energyNOW!, offered exclusively to The Huffington Post, Jackson comments on the state of the green economy:

Does the EPA kill jobs?

"There's no credible economist who says that our current financial crisis was related to environmental regulation or over-regulation,” said Jackson. “In fact, in the housing market, many people feel that it was the lack of oversight and regulation that helped contribute to the catastrophic failure that has affected so many Americans."

Additionally, polls continue to show that the majority of Americans want the EPA around to protect their health.

"No one believes we're going to create jobs by getting rid of environmental protection,” said Jackson.

In her opinion, the attacks on environmental laws are not backed up with factual arguments and the clean energy sector creates thousands of new jobs every year. She approximates that “less than 0.5% of job losses are attributed to any kind of governmental regulation,” in another interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.


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What about President Obama's delay on stricter standards of smog pollution?

The President has been cited saying that there is an importance of reducing regulatory burdens as our economy continues to recover.

Though different from her recommendations, Jackson respects the President's decision and responds, “In light of a new ozone standard situation for 2013, the most prudent course is to wait until 2013 for the latest scientific data.”

She adds that he is firmly behind cross state air pollution rules and expects stricter standards to be set for coal-fired facilities to enforce the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

But where are all the promised clean energy jobs?

"They're here—They're coming and they're also here,” according to Jackson.

The President had to deal with an incredible burden of job loss in the beginning of his presidency in all markets. But, “When you look across the landscape of our country and look at the different sectors—recognizing that our housing market and that sector is still recovering—the jobs of the future and the sectors that are going to grow are going to be in the energy sector,” said Jackson.

"The president is saying that we can't move away from giving rules of the road and guidance so that cleaner energy types are not disadvantaged compared to polluting energy types. There are ways to make traditional energy much much cleaner and we should be investing in them. And when you invest in them you create jobs," Jackson concludes.

The Facts

A recent report released by the Association of Energy Engineers examines green job growth, trends and opportunities:

• ACEEE reports that existing energy efficiency standards created a net 340,000 American jobs in 2010.

• According to the Center for American Progress (March 2010 report): By 2020, clean energy will be one of the world’s biggest industries, totaling as much as $2.3 trillion.

• A Pike Research report (2011) indicates that the U.S. retro-commissioning market could grow from $160 million in 2010 to $1.8 billion by 2014, under an aggressive forecast scenario. The baseline scenario still provides for significant growth, up to $759 million by 2014.

Furthermore, solar jobs have grown 6.8 percent from August 2010 to August 2011--ten times more jobs than the overall economy--according to the Solar Foundation's National Jobs Census.

And the list goes on...


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Apr 21, 2021

UK Government pledges to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035

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UK Government to enshrine new emission targets in law by the end of June as Prime Minister Boris Johnson targets new technologies and green innovation
The UK government has agreed to stick to Climate Change Committee recommendations and cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, it announced today.
The sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050.
The budget will ensure Britain remains on track to end its contribution to climate change while remaining consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°C.
For the first time, the budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions – an important part of the government’s decarbonisation efforts that will allow for these emissions to be accounted for consistently.
This comes ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the opening session of the US Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by President Biden on Earth Day (April 22). The Prime Minister will urge countries to raise ambition on tackling climate change and join the UK in setting stretching targets for reducing emissions by 2030 to align with net zero.
The government is already working towards its commitment to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 68% compared to 1990 levels through the UK’s latest Nationally Determined Contribution - the highest reduction target made by a major economy to date. Today’s world-leading announcement builds on this goal to achieve a 78% reduction by 2035.
The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June, with legislation setting out the UK government’s commitments laid in Parliament tomorrow.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will be home to "pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions".
Through its presidency of the crucial UN climate summit, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow later this year, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to join the UK in delivering net zero globally by the middle of the century and set ambitious targets for cutting emissions by 2030.
The government has already laid the groundwork to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, starting with ambitious strategies that support polluting industries to decarbonise while growing the economy and creating new, long-term green jobs.
This includes the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, an ambitious blueprint for the world’s first low carbon industrial sector, slashing emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years, as well as over £1 billion government funding to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.
Further, the UK is the first G7 country to agree a landmark North Sea Transition Deal to support the oil and gas industry’s transition to clean, green energy while supporting 40,000 jobs.
Through the deal, the sector has committed to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, while the government, sector and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.

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