Group says strong energy bill would create 18,000 Minnesota jobs

If a potent energy bill passes in Congress, Minnesota could expect 18,000 energy-related manufacturing jobs, says the Blue Green Alliance.

Finance and Commerce reports that Joshua Low, a field organizer for Blue Green Alliance, claims that number of jobs if Congress passes a bill like Minnesota’s that requires electric utilities to generate 25 percent of power from renewable sources by 2025.

But the bill already approved in the House would require only a 15 percent renewable energy standard, and that would mean fewer new jobs.

Finance and Commerce notes that “a variety of studies containing conflicting claims have been presented by conservation groups, which claim that developing renewable energy will lead to job creation to support the new technologies, and by business groups, which claim energy costs will soar and jobs will be lost if legislation capping carbon emissions is approved.”

The Obama administration supports capping carbon emissions through a cap-and-trade system.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by david granneman on 11/17/2009 - 10:01 am.

    hello all – i have a better way to create jobs.
    instead of wasting money on projects that have no future or possible return for minnesota. i have a solution to minnesota’s budget problems. two large oil fields have been discovered in north dakota and montana – how can minnesota profit from oil in north dakota. minnesota should eliminate environmental laws to allow private investers to build oil refineries in northern minnesota. oil could be pumped by pipeline or trucked from north dakota and the canadian oil sands. the oil could be refined into gas and oil and pumped to suppliers. this would not only ensure minnesota has cheap and abundant energy but also create thousands of high paying jobs. it would create all kinds of jobs everything from truck drivers to doctors. where there is energy developement there is growth and prosperity. there is no recession or deficits in texas. texas is creating jobs and has a budget surplus. minnesota could be the texas of the north. northern minnesota could be changed from a depressed area to a place where children could remain where they grew up and raise a family, instead of having to leave home and go to more prosperous areas to find a job. LET US NOT LET ALL THE WEALTH IN NORTH DAKOTA TO SLIP THRU OUR FINGERS.

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 11/17/2009 - 03:20 pm.

    I heard on the radio that Minnesota has lost manufacturing jobs at an alarming rate.
    president obama has statated the his energy plan will cause energy costs to SKYROCKET. Depending on renewable energy will be very expensive. manufacturing and business is the greatest user of energy. this added cost will cause minnesota businesses to be at a disadvantage to countries where energy is cheap and abundant. Manufacturers sensing the tsunami of higher taxes and higher energy costs have caused jobs to migrate to countries with cheap and abundant energy.

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