California's Energy Efficiency Push an Economic Boon
If President Obama is serious about creating a green economy, he should look to California.
A new report shows that, since the 1970s when the state government first started requiring more energy-efficient buildings and appliances, California has grown more prosperous and added jobs even as its citizens cut the amount of energy they use and the greenhouse gases they produce. Despite the current economic crisis, which finds the state in a budget and job quandary, the findings should provide ammunition to those who want Obama to launch a green revolution, encouraging renewable power and energy efficiency as a way of generating jobs during the recession.
The 2009 California Green Innovation Index conducted by the public policy group Next 10 tracks how the state's economy has grown over the past three decades. Cutting energy bills let California consumers and companies spend their cash on other things, and helped create 1.5 million jobs, according to the report.
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