California Democrats Move to Defend State’s Green Energy Goals

by Green Jobs Ready on February 2, 2011

Recent coverage by Susan Ferriss, a journalist who covers information and happenings regarding the state capitol of California, Sacramento, for the renowned newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, has pointed out a new trend in statewide politics: in the California legislature, a significant number of Democratic representatives are supporting the resurrection of the proposed bill that would require the state’s utility entities to purchase, at minimum, 33 percent—or one third—of their total energy purchases from renewable or alternative energy sources by the year 2020.

The ambitious goal comes hand-in-hand with numerous efforts statewide to increase the dependence of different communities on viable clean energy utilities, or more efficient solutions for the usage of available resources such as fossil fuels if it is not possible to develop alternative energy facilities.

According to Ferriss, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat and a Sacramento native, clarified the recent commotion over the importance of developing California’s green jobs market and various green industries in light of the state’s burgeoning budget crisis.

“The budget is and remains our top priority,” Steinberg is quoted by Ferriss as saying. He went on to say that “we must also continue to provide state and national leadership in our ongoing efforts to strengthen California’s economy by supporting emerging industries, improving public education and creating jobs for Californians.”

As this blog has attempted to illustrate, all three of Steinberg’s target areas have seen growth in the past six months along. Green industries are, quite literally, sprouting up all across America, and those institutions responsible for training the next generation of workers—vocational schools, trade schools, and numerous colleges—have all accepted the importance of developing green jobs training programs to prepare workers for the needs of an energy economy based on renewable resources.

Conversation regarding the revival of the bill specifying that a total of one third of California’s energy must come from alternative sources like wind power or solar power is ongoing and controversial.

For more information, read Farriss’s complete article in the Sacramento Bee at:

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