This week, the Apollo Alliance (San Francisco, CA), a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working together to promote and create U.S. manufacturing and clean energy jobs, launched a broad-based campaign and roadmap for rebuilding U.S. manufacturing capacity to meet future clean energy needs. The Apollo Green Manufacturing Action Plan (GreenMAP) lays out steps to scale up production of American-made clean energy systems and components, and also promotes making U.S. factories more energy efficient. This plan is the beginning of a multi-state advocacy campaign calling for direct federal funding for clean energy manufacturers to develop and commercialize clean energy technologies. It also calls for federal support to streamline the clean energy component supply chain, increased funding for the Green Jobs Act, and ties federal support to manufacturers’ ability to meet labor and “Made in America” content standards. The plan also requests the creation of a presidential task force on clean energy manufacturing to help coordinate the federal government’s efforts and increase international competitiveness.
“We can’t let the next generation of energy jobs be in oil fields on the other side of the world. Our energy security and economic revitalization depend on creating and keeping good jobs in the U.S.,” says Phil Angelides, Apollo Alliance chairman. “The Apollo Green Manufacturing Plan will put millions of Americans back to work and restore America’s manufacturing leadership.”
Based on information from the Renewable Energy Policy Project and the Energy Information Administration, Apollo estimates that one million new manufacturing jobs would be created by transitioning to 25% renewable power, and 2.5 million jobs would be indirectly created in related industries. Despite the solar cell being invented in the U.S., four countries outpace American production of solar components, and only 50% of the wind turbines in America were manufactured in the U.S. The GreenMAP plan comes at a time when Congress and the Obama administration are considering policies such as a renewable energy standard and a carbon pricing program that will create a large demand for clean energy systems, and without an effort to retrain workers and retool factories to support the new energy sectors, these opportunities could easily go overseas.
“This nation stands at the crossroads of opportunity for domestic investments in innovation, new technology and energy efficiency that will save jobs, create new jobs and new industries and revitalize American manufacturing,” says Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). “But, the promise of generating good green jobs and capturing the innovation of new technologies will remain just that, a promise, unless we fight to make it so. We are proud to join with the Apollo Alliance in the fight to ‘Make it in America.’” —[email protected]
More information and details of the plan are available for download here.