The gist: Northwest lawmakers are pioneering legislation to cap global warming pollution and put our communities at the forefront of a new energy economy. But every step of the way, lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry and big business are on the attack to make sure their profits are protected. More than ever, we need to win on economic terms, connecting the dots between energy security, economic recovery, and smart climate policy.

The Flashcard

Clean energy and infrastructure investment creates more and better jobs than dirty energy—jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Economic security?
Billions go every year to import expensive, dirty fuels. By auctioning emissions permits we can invest more of our energy dollars locally—in efficiency, infrastructure, and clean technology.

Competitive edge?
Every step we take to invest in efficiency and technology speeds economic recovery and gives our state a step up in the fast-growing, clean-energy economy.

See our “Winning on Economic Terms” talking points (pdf)>>

Icon of person and question markWho said it?

“Green jobs [are] jobs that pay well, can’t be outsourced and will help us move toward a cleaner, more self-sufficient energy future.” — Joe Biden

See also:
Sightline Flashcard — Winning the Climate Fairness Debate>>
Sightline’s Climate Policy Project>>

February 5, 2009