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Governor Granholm Joins Pew to Champion Clean Energy Policy

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Governor Granholm Joins Pew to Champion Clean Energy PolicyContact:
Tracy Schario, 202.540.6582 | tschario@pewtrusts.org
Elizabeth Boyd, 517.881.6713 | liz@lizboydpublicrelations.com 

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will serve as a senior advisor in their efforts to promote clean energy policies that create jobs, stimulate innovation, spur investment and enhance America’s competitiveness in the global clean energy race. Gov. Granholm will travel the country to demonstrate the economic opportunities of advancing policies that make cars cleaner, industry more efficient and renewable energy more accessible and affordable.

“Gov. Granholm has a demonstrated track record in growing the clean energy economy in the U.S.,” said Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group. “During her eight years as governor of Michigan, she pioneered some of the most compelling clean energy policies in the nation, working with business and labor, Republicans and Democrats to create new economic opportunities for the state. Her leadership attracted more than 89,000 jobs and $9.4 billion in clean energy investments to Michigan. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on policies to enhance America’s competitiveness, and we are honored to be able to benefit from her expertise and experience in this critical area of the economy.”

Gov. Granholm added, “In the last decade, our nation saw hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear as a result of factories closing their doors due to globalization. America’s best hope for creating jobs is to grow the clean energy sector, which has seen international investment grow by leaps and bounds. I look forward to working with Pew to make the case among our nation’s policy leaders that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can put American men and women back to work again.”

Gov. Granholm, together with Pew staff, will meet with clean energy start-ups, research facilities, entrepreneurs, manufacturing plants, elected officials and community partners around the country to discuss possibilities for job creation, manufacturing and exports. They will explore the role policy can play in increasing demand and spurring investment in the sector, which is marked by rapid growth and fierce international competition. 

The first stop in April will be Arkansas, where clean energy jobs grew by nearly 8 percent from 1998 to 2007, and the state attracted close to $23 million in venture capital funds, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts. More than 28.3 percent of Arkansas’ activity is in environmentally friendly production (ranking it 10th in the nation)—the fastest growing sector of the national clean energy economy. Other stops will include Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, among others.

Watch the video of Gov. Granholm's announcement. 
 

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