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LCV Highlights Romney’s green energy myths as he stops in Ohio
WASHINGTON – Fresh off a new report showing the importance of clean energy jobs to Ohio’s economy, the League of Conservation Voters today welcomes Mitt Romney to the state, where he will hold an event later in the day. Romney is continuing to spread his anti-green energy message despite the fact that communities he’s visiting are utilizing these technologies to grow their economy and end our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
“Even Mitt Romney would find it hard to outsource Ohio’s clean energy jobs,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
Ohio’s clean energy sector has continued to grow in recent years. These investments in clean, renewable American energy like wind and solar are creating jobs here at home that can’t be shipped overseas.
A study released yesterday by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute found that more than 400 companies in Ohio are in the clean energy sector, employing more than 25,000 residents. That’s nearly equal to the population of Bowling Green, where Romney will campaign today, and equal to the number of jobs in the state’s agriculture, forestry and mining industries combined.
Moreover, the institute stressed that this is a “conservative estimate” of Ohio’s green jobs, and does not include workers such as electricians that do solar installations, but consider themselves full-service electricians rather than purely solar installers. Using a broader definition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in March that Ohio has more than 125,000 jobs related to the production of green goods and services.
In a separate survey released by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute last month, 83% of Ohioans said that investing in clean technologies is very or somewhat important to America’s future. Eighty three percent of respondents also said that manufacturing products like batteries, wind turbine components and high efficiency motors is very or somewhat important to the state’s economy.
Last week, Romney stopped in Colorado to attack the Obama administration’s investment in the clean energy sector, even though that state is also home to thousands of green jobs - according to BLS, Ohio has 126,855 jobs related to green goods and services.
In April, the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund and Priorities USA Action partnered to release a television ad titled “$200 Million Man” to highlight Romney’s pledge to protect Big Oil at the expense of middle class Americans.
Mitt’s Green Energy Myths
Mitt’s Green Energy Myth
Romney suggested green jobs are “illusory.”
In an op-ed in the Orange County Register, Romney wrote: “First, the good news: President Barack Obama has finally created some ‘green jobs.’ Now for the bad news: They are not in the United States, but in Finland. … So far, approximately 100 workers are employed by Fisker in Wilmington, Del., while an additional 500 are actually assembling the cars in Finland. Tesla's record is only slightly better. Even these few jobs may be illusory: studies of Europe's green job experiments have found that each new green job destroys several other jobs elsewhere in the economy.” [Orange County Register, 10/24/11].
Ohio has more than 25,000 clean energy jobs, and more than 125,000 jobs related to the production of green goods and services.
According to the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, “is home to over 400 advanced energy companies across 22 advanced energy industry segments that collectively employ 25,410 Ohioans as of 2010. This is equivalent to Ohio employment in the agriculture/forestry and mining categories combined. The largest number of jobs, nearly 7,000, is found in energy-saving building materials – companies that make insulation and other building materials that reduce energy waste and energy costs. The next largest number of jobs, nearly 4,000, is found in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) and building controls – firms that improve performance of the largest drivers of energy use in buildings.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio has 126,855 jobs “associated with the production of green goods and services … that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources. [Advanced Energy Economy Institute, “Employment in Ohio’s Advanced Energy Industry,” July 2012; BLS, “Employment in Green Goods and Services,” 3/22/12]
Mitt’s Green Energy Myth
Romney declared wind and solar power are not “real energy.”
In an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch, Romney wrote: “In place of real energy, Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy. This vision has failed. … The costs of this anti-growth agenda are plain. Our economy just had its worst non-recession year since World War II, and families are feeling the pain directly as gasoline prices surge to record highs.” [Columbus Dispatch, 3/5/12].
Ohio-based wind and solar companies are converting sunlight and wind into energy every day.
According to the Advanced Energy Economy Institute report, “The Solar Photovoltaic category includes establishments that produce, develop, or install technologies that convert sunlight into electricity. Replex Plastics, based in Mount Vernon, uses its expertise in mirror manufacturing to create mirrors for concentrating solar PV. Third Sun Solar & Wind Power has performed design/build services for over 300 PV systems ranging up to MW scale and is committed to the growth of wind and solar in the city of Athens. The Wind category includes establishments that produce, develop, or install technologies or specialized components of those technologies that convert wind into energy. One example company is Cincinnati’s Cast Fab Technologies, which offers a complete range of metal casting foundry and metal fabricating services, including wind turbine castings. Another example is Rotek Inc., an American subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp and part of the Rothe Erde group, which is the leading manufacturer of slewing bearings used in wind turbines in North America. The U.S. headquarters is located in Aurora. [Advanced Energy Economy Institute, “Employment in Ohio’s Advanced Energy Industry,” July 2012]
Mitt’s Green Energy Myth
Romney dismissed green energy technologies as “expensive fads.”
In an op-ed published on CNBC.com, Romney wrote: “President Obama came into office pledging to spend $150 billion to generate five million ‘green’ jobs. With politically connected firms vying for federal grants, the result has been fiascos. … There’s worse. For even as the Obama administration has been chasing expensive fads, it has severely restricted domestic energy production. Yet if we are going to grow again, we need to tap our nuclear know-how and our vast reserves of oil, gas, and coal.” [CNBC, 11/8/11].
Ohioans disagree with Romney, see green technologies as essential to America’s future and Ohio’s economy.
According to a June survey released by Advanced Energy Economy and Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, “83 percent of Ohioans believe advanced energy – defined as energy products, technologies, and services that are affordable, clean, and secure over the long term – are very important or somewhat important to America’s future. An identical 83 percent of respondents think the manufacturing of advanced energy products like batteries for power storage, high-efficiency motors and equipment, and wind turbine components are very important or somewhat important to Ohio’s economy.” [Advanced Energy Economy Survey, 6/27/12]
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