The Clean Energy Economy: CO, FL, NM and TN Governors Respond to the Report

  • June 10, 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist

"This research demonstrates what we've long known – that embracing a clean energy future for Florida will produce a vital new economic sector with new job opportunities across the Sunshine State while protecting our environment and increasing our energy security," said Governor Charlie Crist. "The measures we've taken to increase renewable energy, energy efficiency, and biofuel production in Florida are attracting new capital and creating new jobs.  To protect these gains, we must continue to move forward to keep Florida in the vanguard of state energy achievement."

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

"The Pew Charitable Trusts report illuminates how the clean energy economy is a strong and important part of New Mexico's and America's economy," said Governor Bill Richardson (D-N.M.).  "The Pew report is a welcome analysis that details the core clean energy economy and the important role that policy plays in driving growth.  Over the past six years, my Administration has pursued clean energy policies ranging from a strong renewable portfolio standard to a robust set of clean energy tax incentives. For America to lead the global clean energy economy we need Congress to follow the lead of states like New Mexico and pass comprehensive policies that spur innovation and economic growth."

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter

"I am very proud that Pew Charitable Trust is confirming our vision to transform Colorado into a national and international leader on new energy," said Gov. Bill Ritter. "We have been extremely deliberate about rebuilding our state's economy and converting it to a sustainable and knowledge-based one.  The Pew Report is an important affirmation of our efforts."

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen

"Tennessee has worked hard to be a leader in the clean energy sector and it's clear from the Pew report that our efforts are yielding dividends in job creation," said Governor Phil Bredesen. "Expanding our focus on energy efficiency, renewable power production and other clean energy activities is helping jumpstart our state's economy, and it happens to be the right thing to do for the environment. I'm proud that the Volunteer State is leading the way in growing the clean energy economy."

Topics: Energy, Environment