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Issue Position: Energy and the Environment

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As Indiana fights in these tough economic times to attract and retain jobs for Hoosier workers, it's imperative we look to growing rather than declining economic sectors. Indiana has great potential in the clean energy sector. While jobs in Indiana's overall economy declined by 1% between 1998 and 2007, clean energy jobs grew by nearly 18% in the same period. In the first quarter of this year, 46,000 new jobs were created in 42 states, with Indiana ranking 4th in the creation of new clean energy jobs. These jobs are production positions that support wind, biomass and solar systems, as well as jobs that capitalize on the strengths of existing Hoosier manufacturing businesses and workers to produce renewable energy components. Additional jobs would be created for the construction, service, support and sales of these same energy technologies. With the right incentives and policy, green jobs and technology can help revitalize Indiana's manufacturing sector, further energy independence nationally, and improve the quality of our lives and environment. I strongly support legislation designed to create new jobs and investments in our state's burgeoning clean energy economy and will work with state and local economic developers to ensure that District 34 shares in this growing economic sector.


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