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California Leads Nation In Creation Of Green Jobs

— A new report finds California had nearly a quarter of all green jobs created last year.

Aired 3/7/13 on KPBS News.

California led the nation in the creation of green jobs last year.

Environmental Entrepreneurs tracks the creation of green jobs on a monthly basis. The 2012 wrap-up found firms announced the creation of 110,000 green jobs last year. About 26,000 of those jobs were in California.

The positions range from jobs created by solar and wind farms to positions needed to build large mass transit projects. And the people who put together the report are not surprised California is a leader.

"California has great natural resources in the sun and the wind that you have in the state, and in San Diego specifically. But also very importantly is the state's aggressiveness in making this happen," said Bob Keefe of Environmental Entrepreneurs.

The state's renewable energy standards will ensure more green jobs will be created in the future, according to Keefe. A third of all power used in the state will have to come from renewable sources by 2020.

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RichardRider | March 7, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Mass transit jobs are NOT necessarily green jobs. Often such trains pollute more per passenger mile than modern cars and buses. That's because most of the time the trains are sparsely used, yet cost essentially the same to run whether full or empty.

And then there is the total cost per passenger mile of rail to consider, but we don't care about costs in California.

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JeanMarc | March 7, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Hey I have an idea lets build a 68 billion dollar high speed train from LA to San Francisco. If 20,000 people ride it per day for 30 years their tickets will need to cost $310 dollars to break even. That's only three times the cost of a flight that takes 45 minutes. Wonderful!

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RichardRider | March 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Now now, JeanMarc -- let's not use all those numbers. That's just plain MEAN.

I might note that you grossly UNDERSTATED the scenario -- you budgeted ZERO for the operating costs, and ZERO for the interest on the bonds. And then there are those pesky, inevitable SURPRISE! cost overruns to consider.

Finally there's the fiction (the REQUIREMENT in the prop that was passed) that the train make the run in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Not gonna happen. Not even close.

But trust me. HSR fans are undeterred by such trifling details. Forward!!!!!!

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SD619ER | March 9, 2013 at 4:12 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Yah and those numbers would work if you didn't make them up out of thin air. The daily ridership projection is 260,000. If you use your math, it would cost $23.

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