Moniz: Job Creation Has to Be Part of Political Strategy on Climate

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday that job-creation needs to be a key part of the next administration’s actions on climate change, in order to forge a political consensus.

Investing in energy infrastructure is the best way to kill two birds with one stone, Moniz said at an event held by the Center for American Progress. Moniz stressed the need to update the grid in case of cyberattacks and to withstand extreme weather events. Beyond the obvious advantages of updated infrastructure, Moniz said the jobs created by the investment could garner political support, seemingly alluding to job losses in coal-producing areas.

“Jobs strategy has also got to be viewed as core to our climate response,” Moniz said. “We have seen, certainly, net increases, substantial net increases, in jobs with the clean energy progress. But we also know those are not uniform across the country.”

He added, “Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s the only way I think that we are going to turn some of the headwinds into tailwinds.”

Moniz also briefly mentioned Tuesday’s arguments over the Clean Power Plan before the D.C. Circuit Court, saying the Obama administration is “confident. This is a major piece of our climate plan.”

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