Half of Midwestern clean energy business owners believe the federal Clean Power Plan will create additional business opportunities and investment, says E2’s Midwest chapter director Zach Tucker in a Letter to the Editor published in a Missouri newspaper. My hope is that elected officials listen to business owners and support policies that are both good for our environment and good for our economy.
With more than 568,000 clean energy jobs in the Midwest alone, it’s clear the American energy economy is changing, and changing rapidly. Clean energy and energy efficiency are where the growth is, and we can move to the next level with policies like the Clean Power Plan and with support of leaders who approach these issues with common sense.
For too long, we’ve listened to policymakers in Washington, D.C., Jefferson City and Topeka tell us policies to reduce carbon emissions are “job killers.” The Clean Jobs Midwest report and the strong job growth in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors proves otherwise.
In Illinois, Missouri, and across the Midwest, the Clean Power Plan will help create jobs at companies like StraightUp Solar in St. Louis, where employees include a veteran and a former underground coal miner who's now a crew leader installing solar arrays on commercial and residential rooftops.