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Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery

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  • Bill Ritter on Clean Energy

    Clip: Bill Ritter argues for the motion "Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery."

  • Kassia Yanosek on Clean Energy

    Clip: Kassia Yanosek argues for the motion "Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery."

  • Steven Hayward on Clean Energy

    Clip: Steven Hayward argues against the motion "Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery."

  • Robert Bryce on Clean Energy

    Clip: Robert Bryce argues against the motion "Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery."

Debate Details

To drag our economy out of the biggest crisis since the Great Depression, America needs another moon shot. Can the investment of billions into the clean energy sector trigger the creation of millions of jobs and innovation? Or would we simply be pumping dollars into the myth of a green economy?

The Debaters

For the motion

Bill Ritter

Governor, Colorado

Was Colorado’s 41st governor. He established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy... Read More

Kassia Yanosek

Founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC.

Is an investment advisor to the energy sector and is founder of Tana Energy Capital LLC. She also serves as a Steering Committee member of the U.S... Read More

Against the motion

Robert Bryce

Author, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

Is the author of several books, most recently Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future (2010). From 2006 to September... Read More

Steven Hayward

Author, Almanac of Environmental Trends

Writes on a wide range of public policy issues. He is the author of Almanac of Environmental Trends and most recently Mere Environmentalism, an examination... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

For The Motion
  • The current administration expects its clean energy policies to generate 800,000 jobs over the next two years, laying the foundation for lasting economic growth.
  • Consumers can save billions of dollars relying on clean energy sources and increasing energy efficiency, leaving more money to be spent on other goods and services.
  • Major investment in clean energy will lead to innovation and new technology.
  • Reducing dependence on imported energy frees us to spend our limited resources domestically and protects us from fluctuations in oil prices and climate change.
Against The Motion
  • The Department of Energy's own job creation estimates are far more modest than those of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
  • A significant portion of clean energy funding has gone to foreign companies who have the advantage of having been heavily subsidized by their own governments for a number of years.
  • Clean energy jobs face the same problems any other industry faces—competition from cheap foreign labor.
  • A real green economy wouldn't rely on government regulation and taxpayer financed subsidies.

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The Research

The Research

A Path to Sustainable Energy

Mark Z. Jacobsen
November 1, 2016

The Myth of Green Energy Jobs: The European Experience

Kenneth P. Green
February 1, 2016

Grow Green Jobs

Nancy Folbre
July 12, 2010
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