Tuesday, 23 October 2007 20:49
North Carolina could net 300,000 more jobs by implementing
energy efficiency programs, said a report presented yesterday.
The preliminary report presented to a legislative panel is
an attempt to sum up the economic result of more than 30 policy options
suggested by an advisory committee established to help lawmakers develop a
global warming response plan. If approved, the Climate Action Plan Advisory
Group’s recommendations would return the state to 1990 levels of greenhouse gas
emissions within 13 years. The report found that following the recommendations
would create about 328,000 cumulative annual net jobs by 2020 and generate 14.2
billion in cumulative income.
Appalachian State University graduate research assistant
David Ponder co-authored the report, and says that’s just a small percentage of
the 5 million jobs now in North Carolina that generate $250 billion in income.
The figures aren’t “earth-shattering,” he says.
Many of the new jobs would come from within the
agribusiness and waste industries, through such recommendations as producing
more ethanol and biodiesel for fuel and trapping gas from animal manure and
landfills to generate electricity.