State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy, I have deep concerns about proposed global warming legislation now being reviewed by the Legislature.
One of my chief worries is the potential for the legislation to be a jobs killer.The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute reviewed 13 of the governor’s Global Warming Task Force’s recommendations and finds that if enacted would result in a loss of 31,000 jobs over the next 11 years. Toss in cap and trade provisions and the job loss mounts to 49,000.
Where could so-called “green” jobs created end up? Try
Bloomberg reports jobs to manufacture components for clean air technology will be shipped overseas where costs are significantly lower. The report opens with this startling news:
“President Barack Obama is spending $2.1 million to help Suntech Power Holdings Co. build a solar- panel plant in
Bloomberg also reports, “Last year’s $787 billion economic stimulus package included about $80 billion for energy programs and created 200,000 jobs in construction and clean energy.”
Think about it: $80 billion for 200,000 jobs. Is $400,000 per job a wise use of taxpayer dollars?
If these revelations weren’t so scary, they would be funny.