Starr, Mark

A Safer, Greener, More Cost-Effective California is Possible

By Mark Starr
Vet Voice Foundation

As Congress continues to search for solutions to the nation’s multi-trillion dollar deficit, we’re reminded of the important opportunities we, as a nation and a state, have to build a more sustainable and cost-effective future that protects our national security and environment, including ending Federal subsidies for oil and gas companies.  

California is home to a rapidly growing economy centered on clean technology and renewable energy. Roughly 10% of all clean tech/energy jobs are located in the Central Valley, accounting for nearly 40,000 jobs. Throughout the state, an estimated 500,000 Californians are employed in clean tech/renewable energy jobs, according to the California Employment Development Department.