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.