#Greenfail: CA Lags the Nation In Creating Green Jobs

Russ Steele

Remember the Prop 23 vs AB-32 debates when our local left claimed that green jobs would lead California’s economic recovery?  That was one of Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council main points in his defense of AB-32 presentations. Now we learn in a Sac Bee Report that: California lags nation in green jobs

The latest monthly employment report, released Friday, was not particularly good news for California, whose jobless rate was unchanged in February at 10.9 percent with more than two million workers unemployed.

That’s a bit better that it was during the depths of the recession, but not much, the data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistic indicate.

But what about those green jobs that Gov. Jerry Brown and other political figures frequently tout as California’s economic salvation? Another report from the BLS indicates that they’re a tiny part of the state’s economy and would have to grow exponentially for a long time to become a major factor in reducing the state’s high jobless rate.

You can read the rest of the report HERE.

Why do you think that California’s green jobs are lagging?  It is clear that the Governor and State Legislature want California to lead the nation in the creation of green jobs, but for some reason we are falling behind. Why? Could is be the regulations that are driving even green companies out of the state?  That would be my guess.

Check out these two web post and then get back to me with your answer:




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to #Greenfail: CA Lags the Nation In Creating Green Jobs

  1. sean2829 says:

    Two comments Russ.

    Is California’s lack of green jobs a feature or a bug? Since the day of reconning for green subsidies may be close at hand, the lack of dependence on a green employment base might make this easier to deal with.

    A more critical problem however is California may soon lose a lot of “brown” jobs in the energy sector. http://ivn.us/2012/03/23/moodys-says-climate-change-rules-are-emerging-risk-for-california-refiners/ They are projecting that when fully implemented, AB32 will increase the cost of making a gallon of gas by as much as $0.22/ gallon. But hey, don’t worry, the Panama Canal will be widened, the Keystone pipeline will be done and California will be able to import refined petroleum products from the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll just have to competitively bid with the Chinese for it.

  2. D. King says:

    If there was any doubt, this should belay your fears; the green job numbers are all fake.


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