Diaz, Cesar

Cesar Diaz is Legislative Director for the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Sempra Energy Proposal Could Cost as Many as 15,000 U.S. Jobs with California Hardest Hit

By Cesar Diaz
State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

According to a recent report, Sempra Energy’s plan to offshore green energy production to Mexico would result in as many as 15,000 lost U.S. jobs and nearly $300 million in lost local, state and federal tax revenue. 90% of the direct job losses would occur in Imperial County, California which had the highest unemployment rate in the nation as of April 2011 at 27.9%

The study, “Should Green Jobs Be Outsourced: A Case Study of Lost Jobs and Lost Opportunities,” was authored by Dr. Peter Philips, Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, who notes, “There is a tradeoff between building renewable energy in California and building it in Mexico to import into California. In the case of Sempra’s proposed Energia Sierra Juarez transmission line, California and more specifically, Imperial County, loses.”