President Biden just announced some of the most sweeping climate and clean energy plans in history. Clean energy opponents are already rushing like dogs to a fence line, yowling that they will kill jobs and hurt our economy.

Don’t believe it. As they say back in my home state of North Carolina, that dog just doesn’t hunt.

Clean energy opponents are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to jobs. CREDIT: White House/Adam Schultz

To be sure, every job is important, especially these days. There’s no doubt the Biden administration’s announcement Wednesday of a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on our public lands will impact petroleum jobs. …

The 11th hour funding stimulus and spending package from Congress includes some bright spots for clean energy and climate action as we round out an otherwise dark year.

It couldn’t come soon enough. American workers and companies are struggling — including those in the business of making our homes, buildings and electricity supplies cleaner. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly a half-million clean energy workers have lost their jobs, according to E2’s latest research. And with the industry headed into what is traditionally the slowest time of the year, this winter is especially bleak.

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In a different career, as the Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, I was lucky enough to get to know civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who was marching for black lives and was a target for police brutality long before I or George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery or Breonna Taylor was born.

As I watch what’s happening in our world today, I’ve found myself reaching for inspiration in the life and words of Rep. Lewis. A passage in his 2012 book Across That Bridge sticks with me:

“I have seen this restlessness among people before. It was…

More than 106,000 clean energy industry workers lost their jobs in March alone. A half-million clean energy workers could be jobless in the months ahead if Congress and state lawmakers don’t step up and do more to support what has become one our nation’s biggest employment sectors.

Of course, many Americans are struggling. Nearly 22 million workers across the entire economy filed for unemployment benefits through April 16.

But the analysis of clean energy unemployment data by E2 partner BW Research shows the crushing impact of the COVID-19 health and economic crises on one of the biggest, fastest-growing job sectors…

The $2 trillion stimulus package announced Wednesday by congressional leadership will send badly needed emergency checks to struggling American families and make loans available for businesses to stay afloat and protect jobs. With Americans from every corner of our economy out of work and struggling, it’s a much-needed lifeline.

Now, lawmakers must quickly turn their focus to the necessity of jump-starting our nation’s economy and getting Americans back to work. One of the best ways to do that, history shows, is by focusing on one particular sector:

Clean energy.

After the last economic meltdown, no part of the economy responded…

Andrew Currie was fresh from selling his Internet software company when he looked around at the world and decided he wanted to do more to protect it.

The climate was changing. Wildlife was disappearing. Clean energy was still facing an uphill climb on an uneven playing field against fossil fuels.

And that was just what he could see happening in Colorado, the state he had come to love for its beauty and its promise and that he now called home.

Currie heard about a group of environmentally minded businesspeople 1,200 miles away in Silicon Valley who had banded together to…

Across the country, state legislatures are reconvening.

With the Trump administration continuing to tear apart federal climate and clean energy standards, it’s already clear that in 2020, it’s up to states and cities to once again lead America on policies that are good for our environment and our economy.

The good news is that many legislators and governors are seizing the challenge of taking action on climate change — and seizing the economic opportunities that come with it.

On either coast, lawmakers in 2020 will consider sweeping changes that will get more electric cars — and heavy duty trucks —…

DAYTON, OHIO — When it comes to clean energy, Ohio is at crossroads.

Thanks to growth in clean vehicles parts manufacturing and the positive effects of previous energy efficiency policies, Ohio currently is the number 8 state in the nation for clean energy jobs, employing about 112,500 Ohioans.

But if there is a forecast for Ohio’s clean energy future, it’s cloudy with a strong chance of slowdown.

In July, the state legislature passed what Vox called “the Worst Energy Bill of the 21st Century.” Ohio House Bill 6 (HB 6) effectively cancelled the state’s energy efficiency standards, zeroed-out its renewable…

Our federal government is failing us in many ways when it comes to addressing climate change and advancing clean energy.

One area that is working: The Department of Energy’s ability to seed and grow clean energy innovation — innovation that is driving new investments, creating new jobs and reducing our country’s carbon emissions.

Over the past decade, energy innovation projects funded by just one DOE program — the ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) program — have resulted in the formation of 76 new American companies, attracted nearly $3 billion in private-sector investments and produced 346 new patents.

Speaking to the House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water

DOE-led energy efficiency…

U.S. Rep. Scott Peters has what might seem like a radical idea given today’s political climate.

Peters, the four-term Democrat from San Diego, thinks climate change legislation should — and could — be a bipartisan issue.

“Progress relies on bipartisanship” he told business leaders and others gathered at an E2 San Diego Chapter event recently.

According to Peters, there’s real interest by Republicans in passing substantive climate change policy. He says he has many colleagues on the GOP side of the aisle who want to work with Democrats. …

Bob Keefe

Executive director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

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