SACRAMENTO — California’s mixed record of using public investments and environmental mandates to create “green jobs” raises serious questions about the promises of some Democratic presidential candidates to use economy-transforming investments in environmentally friendly technologies to put millions of people to work. Many of the initiatives touted by the candidates in their environmental plans are already in place in California, and some of them having been promoted as important engines of job creation. But California stopped counting green jobs in 2013, struggling to separate truly new jobs from existing employment growth.Story Continued Below Nonetheless, candidates have been competing with each other to tout clean energy investments and policies as an economic engine. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) plan envisions spending $2 trillion and creating 1.2 million jobs through 2029. Tom Steyer’s would deploy $2.3 trillion and create 1 million jobs via a “Civilian Climate Corps.” Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) tops them all, vowing to spend $16.3 trillion and create 20 million jobs. Beto O’Rourke’s $1.5 trillion plan doesn’t have a specific jobs number attached, while Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) touts “millions of new jobs.” Each announcement has generated splashy headlines, as in the case of Warren’s plan to spend $1.5 trillion on federal… Read full this story
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