|Demand a New Green Economy |
By Gavin Newsom
The Huffington Post
October 8, 2008
At this vital juncture in our country's history, it's clear
that we must take climate change seriously. America is spending more than
$200,000 per minute on foreign oil -- $13 million per hour. More than $25
billion a year goes for Persian Gulf imports alone. Our dependence upon oil,
especially foreign oil, affects not only our economy but our national security.
We must take real steps to end our reliance on foreign oil. At last night's
presidential debate, I was pleased to hear Senator Obama say that energy
independence will be the number one priority of his administration.
We must follow words with action.
In San Francisco, we are establishing this new green economy while reducing our
dependence on foreign oil, slashing the amount of greenhouse gases being
released into the environment, and creating new green collar jobs.
Last week, I announced that applications for new solar installations in San
Francisco have nearly quadrupled since the city's groundbreaking solar rebate
program, GoSolarSF launched in July. Ten workers have been hired to date and we
expect the number to triple in the next month. With dedicated support from the
next presidential administration this new green economy will take off.
Solar installation may be the most obvious component of green technology, but it
is not the only sector. This new green economy also includes recycling, bicycle
repair and landscaping.
San Francisco is creating and promoting green jobs, so we can ensure that the
neighborhoods that were locked out of the pollution-based economy are locked in
to the new green economy.
A clean energy economy will create millions of new green jobs that America
desperately needs. Jobs that can't be outsourced. Jobs that use the skills of
today's workers. Green jobs aren't just the jobs of the future -- they are the
jobs of today.
Americans are ready for bold action. We can truly revitalize our economy with
good green jobs, clean, renewable energy and a healthy climate. We must demand
this new green economy. No more billion dollar tax breaks for the oil industry.
No more drill baby drill. No more Persian Gulf oil imports. Energy independence
is attainable in 10 years, but we must demand it from our leaders. We need to
invest in America's future -- a green future. We need to invest in solar, wind,
geothermal, wave and other green technologies. Our national security depends on it.