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Sacramento Bee (Opinion): California plays a leading, effective role

Posted by Carl Guardino on Aug 9, 2018

The Sacramento Bee published this opinion piece, "California plays a leading, effective role in confronting climate change," by Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and a member of the California Transportation Commission. In his piece, Carl references AEE's newly released Calif. Jobs Fact Sheet figures, and highlights several priority bills in the Calif. legislature that AEE is advocating for. See excerpts below and read the entire piece here.

...The fires raging across California are causing devastation on an unprecedented scale. Currently, 14,000 firefighters are battling 16 major fires, which have destroyed more than 2,000 homes and killed at least 10 people.

In the first half of 2017, the state experienced significant flooding. Damage to California roads alone exceeded $1 billion. Northern California had its wettest winter in almost a century. The flooding followed one of California’s worst droughts on record, a nearly six-year dry spell...

...Fortunately, many of the policies to tackle climate change also create jobs and grow California’s economy, the fifth-largest in the world. We’re home to the country’s largest, most advanced clean energy sector.

According to Advanced Energy Economy, clean and advanced energy now accounts for 542,000 California jobs – three times the number employed in movies, TV and radio, and more than agriculture, forestry and fishing. The clean energy sector is expecting 10 percent job growth this year...

Read the entire SacBee opinion piece here.

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