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Business Alliance Comments on New Analysis:
Energy Policies Can Act As Economic Drivers

San Francisco (July 7, 2010) – Today the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a climate collaborative of seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, released an updated economic analysis that confirms California can immediately implement clean energy and clean air policies, while still growing a strong economy.

Statement from Susan Frank, Coordinator for the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy:

“Today’s analysis adds to the growing chorus of the world’s top economists who agree that Californians can have both a robust economy and a clean environment. The transition to clean energy and away from oil and other dirty energy sources is having a positive impact on the state’s economy.

Clean technology continues to be a consistent bright spot in California’s economy despite the recession. While California lost jobs in 2007-2008, our clean energy industries continued to create new jobs, growing by 5 percent.

California’s economy benefits when we lead the multi-billion dollar worldwide clean tech market, rather than ceding that market to China.

I am proud that California and our WCI partners are choosing clean energy to rebuild our economies rather than propping up outdated and economically unviable dirty energy industries.”

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