With more people worried about job security and the economy, state
policy leaders and several corporations are making the case for
renewable energy legislation as a job creator.
Solar energy creates and retains jobs, including those in the manufacturing industry. Texas business leaders noted in a recent report, Lone Star Power: How Texas Businesses Can Supply the World with Solar Energy,
one of the great advantages of solar plants is the large number of
components that are involved in installing solar power systems.
As California prepares to implement its own cap-and-trade
climate change law, state officials are looking to ease the economic
burden on consumers by using revenues generated to deliver a tax rebate
to families, an approach called "cap-and-dividend."
The debate over clean energy is ripping open divisions in conservative
business lobbies. Debate on federal climate change legislation has led
an increasing number of businesses to leave the Chamber of Commerce,
the National Association of Manufacturers, and other business
associations because of those organizations' stances against
recognizing the scientific validity of climate change. The revolt has
been growing ever since a senior Chamber official called for a "Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" to evaluate evidence of global warming.