Can California fight climate change and provide good jobs?

by Jeong Park, The Sacramento Bee


  • Oil and gas jobs provide people with middle-class incomes and are one of the few sectors to provide good-paying jobs without needing a bachelors degree or from those who have a criminal record
  • Since the fossil fuels industry is one of the biggest employers in the Central Valley, many are afraid that clean energy mandates will leave their communities jobless
  • Clean energy jobs do not pay as well as fossil fuel jobs and the state must ensure that these jobs have good pay and benefits 
  • Carol Zabin, director of the Green Energy Program at UC Berkeley Labor Center, says the state should provide apprenticeship and training programs that guarantee jobs after the courses are completed
  • Zabin also recommends project labor agreements where clean energy projects rely on local labor
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez highlights the importance of making sure there is an emphasis on job creation as the state moves away from fossil fuels:

“Jobs can’t be an afterthought to any climate change legislation.”

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform. The Climate Center’s guiding principles in achieving our goals include striving to close the climate gap and ensuring a just transition for workers.

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New report: California has five times more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs

by Paul Rogers, The Mercury News

Clean energy jobs in California now outnumber jobs in the fossil fuel industry five to one, a new study has found, an increase driven by the state’s ever-expanding renewable energy and climate laws.

More than 512,000 people are employed in jobs related to clean energy — from installing solar panels to building electric cars — making the state home to 1 in 7 such jobs in the United States, the study found. Those numbers are expected to grow further in the coming years, as California further ramps up efforts to address climate change.

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Oregon clean energy jobs bill: An economic engine and a decarbonization catalyst

by Silvio Marcacci, Forbes

2018’s “Green Wave” election has set the stage for Oregon to lead the United States on climate action in 2019 by enacting statewide cap-and-trade legislation and accelerating complementary policy in its biggest energy-consuming sectors.

Governor Kate Brown focused on climate action in her re-election campaign, and legislative leaders have added momentum to pass the state’s most significant climate policy opportunity – the Clean Energy Jobs Bill would cut emissions while generating hundreds of millions for statewide investments.

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