Clean energy creates jobs
October 2, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "Charging that Dominion Virginia Power has 'ripped off' ratepayers for $76 million, environmentalists are planning five days of protests in Richmond this week urging changes to state rules intended to encourage development of wind, solar and other green energy. The activists say the rules, known collectively as the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or RPS, have done little to push utilities to invest more in cleaner energy supplies."
Progressive Point: Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today. Virginia should be leading the country in creating renewable energy jobs, not getting left behind. Instead of protecting Big Oil at the expense of taxpayers, let's invest in cleaner, safer sources of energy that won't ever run out and will put millions of Americans across the country and Virginians right here back to work.
Over the past five years, Big Oil raked in over half a trillion dollars in profits and laid off more than 10,000 Americans. Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. today and creates three times as many jobs as fossil fuels. This should be obvious: the oil industry is no longer a new start-up that needs help getting off the ground. Big Oil is raking in billions in profits but still taking billions in taxpayer handouts, keeping our nation hooked on oil, and lobbying to kill off their clean energy competitors. It couldn't be any clearer: Big Oil is leaving us behind while clean energy is creating jobs.
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