For the last 14 years Georgia has had a Republican Governor. It hasn’t been working out very well for the state, as in 2016 nearly 17% of the population was living in poverty. So I think it’s safe to say that for the 2018 race it might be a good idea to let someone with a plan, that isn’t just giving away tax cuts, in so they can actually create jobs. Stacey Abrams is ready to do exactly that with an extensive jobs plan that will create 25-45 thousand paying jobs if implemented. These aren’t low wage service jobs flipping burgers either, these are going to be high wage jobs in the field of renewable energy generation. Due to the fact that the demand for energy is going up, and isn’t likely to stop going up anytime soon, these will be long term stable jobs as well. To let you know that this plan would actually create those jobs I’ll explain what Stacey will do to create them.
- Stacey will take existing low interest loans that are currently only available to the government, and offer them to businesses and homeowners through the Georgia Green Bank. With an annual investment of 40 million dollars the Green Bank should be able to create nearly 5 thousand jobs in the first year.
- She will also expand careers in the manufacturing, system design, project development, construction, installation and operation of green energy producers creating positions from entry level to high skilled. Furthermore with an expansion of the green energy field would come new jobs in truck driving, sales, accounting, and managing meaning the benefits of this plan would affect even those who aren’t in the energy field.
- Stacey will invest capital into developing new and more effective green technologies, as well as funding for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Finally Stacey will provide leadership in guiding Georgia to a greener economy by introducing a system called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) which would help set goals for how much energy should be generated by green technology each year.
As Mrs. Abrams has said, “We deserve an economy that works in every county, for every Georgian, and helps families thrive — not just survive.” To this end Stacey has included in her plan an extensive set of programs to help train people for the new jobs her plan would create. By working together with historically black colleges, technical colleges, and universities Stacey will offer prioritized financial aid to students looking to enter the green energy field. Most importantly Stacey will offer apprenticeship programs to members of struggling communities, and disadvantaged populations, and women who would then be able to increase spending which would offer an even greater benefit to the economy.
Stacey’s plan also will benefit people who already have jobs because, it includes a number of provisions to help increase energy efficiency to lower to cost of electricity across the state. Simply by retrofitting the insulating material of the wires in the electric grid a good number of contracts would be created for construction companies, and by setting new building standards and offering state funded incentives to improve public facilities. As for saving money just upgrading the fuel efficiency of Georgia’s vehicle fleet would reduce the amount of taxpayer money spent on things like gasoline, freeing that money up to be spent where it’s really needed.
These benefits wouldn’t be centered in only a small part of the state either, with wind and hydroelectric opportunities in North Georgia, and the timber industry offering biomass opportunities in South Georgia you’d be seeing the benefits no matter where you live. Farmers have already begun to use their own land for solar farms, which really can be placed just about anywhere in Georgia you can find the space. All these things are wonderful reasons to help Stacey enact her plan for Georgia, but there is another bigger reason as well.
At the mid-point of 2017 the data came in stating that it was the second hottest year ever recorded, it only came behind 2016 which was the hottest year ever recorded. Of the top ten hottest years on record all of them have occurred in the last 19 years. We are already past the tipping point, we’ve pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, and with a fully republican controlled federal government don’t expect sweeping nationwide change to come any time soon. It is vitally important that we do everything we can to help fight climate change, and this economic plan will do just that.