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Rep. Calvert: Independent Study Contradicts EPA Administrator Jackson's Testimony

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Calvert: Independent Study Contradicts EPA Administrator Jackson's Testimony

Yesterday, the California Legislative Analyst Office, a nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor to the California Legislature, issued a report examining how the implementation of California's law (AB 32) regulating greenhouse gas emissions would impact jobs. In summary, the report found:

* The implementation of greenhouse gas regulations will have an overall negative impact on jobs in California in the near term
* Certain individual businesses and households would be disproportionately negatively affected.
* Prices of electricity, gas and other energy sources would rise in the near-term.

Read the full report here.

"Recently, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment and asserted that California has experienced job growth in the form of "green jobs' because of state mandates on greenhouse gas emissions," said Rep. Calvert. "I find it troubling that the head of the EPA does not fully understand the real and negative impacts of haphazardly regulating greenhouse gas emissions, especially as the EPA is now moving to enact similar regulations nationwide.

"Rather than pursuing job killing regulations and expanding government bureaucracies, the Obama Administration must refocus its efforts on eliminating financial burdens on small businesses and get Americans back to work," concluded Rep. Calvert.

The report on California's job losses comes almost a year after a report issued by Dr. Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at Juan Carlos University in Madrid, which found that Spain's green initiative has hurt workers. The report found that every "green job" created with government money in Spain over the last eight years came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in ten of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job. Read the full report here.

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