A  JOBS  AGENDA  FOR  OUR  RENEWABLE  ENERGY  FUTURE  

 
As  a  nation,  we  have  made  great  strides  toward  becoming  energy  independent.  Now  is  the  
time  to  accelerate  that  progress.  The  future  of  our  country  and  our  planet  depend  on  it.  
Today,  we  are  in  the  midst  of  an  extraordinary  transition  from  one  energy  regime  to  a  new  
one.    
New  technologies  have  put  a  clean  energy,  energy  independent  future  within  reach  –  while  
the  threat  of  climate  change,  and  the  urgent  need  for  new  middle-­‐class  jobs,  makes  it  
imperative  that  we  aggressively  pursue  it.  
The  fact  is,  there  is  no  either/or  choice  between  our  prosperity  and  our  environment  –  that  
we  can  create  a  future  where  there  are  more  good-­‐paying  jobs,  or  a  future  with  a  healthy  
environment,  but  not  both.  
 
The  reality  is  the  two  goals  are  indivisible.  And  it  is  time  to  make  clean  energy  and  
climate  change  a  top  national  priority.  That’s  because:  
1.  We  have  a  moral  obligation  to  act  immediately  and  aggressively  to  stop  climate  change.  
2.  Clean  energy  represents  the  biggest  business  and  job  creation  opportunity  we’ve  
seen  in  a  hundred  years.    
3.  Ending  fossil  fuel  use  is  a  public  health  imperative,  and  would  extend  the  lives  of  
200,000  Americans  each  year.  
4.  Reliance  on  local,  renewable  energy  sources  means  a  safer,  more  stable  world.  
We  can’t  meet  the  climate  challenge  with  an  all-­‐of-­‐the-­‐above  energy  strategy,  or  from  
drilling  off  our  coasts,  or  from  building  pipelines  that  bring  oil  from  tar  sands  in  Canada.  
Meeting  the  climate  challenge  requires  a  commitment  to  one  simple  concept:  a  full  
transition  to  clean,  renewable  energy  and  an  end  our  reliance  on  fossil  fuels  
altogether.  
I  believe,  within  35  years,  our  country  can  and  should  be  100%  powered  by  clean  
energy,  supported  by  millions  of  new  jobs.  But  we  have  to  accelerate  the  transition  right  
now.  

As  President,  on  Day  One,  I  would  use  my  executive  authority  to  declare  the  transition  to  a  
clean  energy  future  the  Number  One  priority  of  our  federal  government.  I  would:  
Create  a  new  Clean  Energy  Jobs  Corps  to  partner  with  communities  to  retrofit  buildings  to  
be  more  energy  efficient,  improve  local  resiliency,  create  new  green  spaces,  and  restore  
and  expand  our  forests  so  they  can  absorb  more  greenhouse  gases.    
Retrofit  federal  buildings  to  the  highest  efficiency  standards  and  require  new  federal  
buildings  to  be  net-­‐zero.  The  federal  government  owns  and  manages  nearly  900,000  
buildings,  more  than  any  other  entity.  
Require  the  federal  fleet  to  be  subject  to  low-­‐  or  zero-­‐emissions  purchasing  agreements.  
Our  federal  fleet  of  250,000  vehicles  consumes  more  than  $450  million  gallons  of  gasoline  
and  diesel  fuel  every  year.  Fuel  costs  saved  should  be  reinvested  in  clean  energy  
deployment  and  jobs.  
Require  all  federally  funded  infrastructure  projects  to  meet  climate  resiliency  standards.    
Direct  the  Environmental  Protection  Agency  to  take  aggressive  action  to  limit  greenhouse  
gases,  expanding  rules  to  other  large  sources  of  emissions  beyond  power  plants.  
Direct  the  Environmental  Protection  Agency  to  adopt  a  zero-­‐tolerance  policy  for  methane  
leaks  from  current  oil  and  gas  production.  Leaks  waste  $1.8  billion  annually,  while  
exacerbating  greenhouse  gas  pollution.  
Direct  the  EPA  and  Departments  of  Defense  and  Transportation  to  set  strong  efficiency  
standards,  including  setting  strict  “MPG”  standards  for  new  buildings  and  requiring  energy  
costs  to  be  transparent  to  tenants  and  purchasers.  Building  retrofits  out-­‐perform  
investments  in  new  gas  and  oil  exploration  as  a  form  of  job  creation  or  economic  stimulus  
by  3  to  1.  
Reject  projects  like  Keystone  XL  that  exacerbate  climate  change  and  extend  our  reliance  on  
fossil  fuels.  
Deny  new  permits  for  drilling  in  Alaska,  Antarctica,  and  off  our  coasts.  
Increase  royalties  and  emissions  fees  for  fossil  fuel  companies  currently  drilling  on  federal  
lands  and  invest  the  proceeds  in  jobs  and  skills  training.  
Keep  domestically  produced  oil  and  gas  in  the  U.S.,  instead  of  selling  it  abroad  –  unless  
there  is  a  clear  strategic  security  rationale.  
 

More  broadly,  I  would  make  clean  energy  deployment  –  and  employment  –  a  first  order  
priority.    I  would:  
Set  a  national,  cross-­‐sector  Renewable  Electricity  Standard  so  our  nation  is  powered  by  
100%  clean  energy  by  2050.  
Fight  for  federal  legislation  for  a  cap  on  carbon  emissions  from  all  sources,  with  proceeds  
from  permits  returned  to  lower-­‐  and  middle-­‐class  families  and  invested  in  job  transition  
assistance  and  the  Clean  Energy  Corps.  
Set  a  national  goal  of  doubling  our  energy  productivity  within  15  years.  Low  energy  
productivity  costs  American  businesses  and  households  $130  billion  a  year.  
Support  a  Clean  Energy  Financing  Authority  to  support  clean  energy  infrastructure,  
projects  to  increase  efficiency,  and  resiliency  upgrades  in  communities  nationwide.  
End  all  subsidies  for  fossil  fuels,  while  extending  production  and  investment  tax  credits  for  
renewable  energy  for  the  long  term.  Taxpayer  subsidies  for  fossil  fuel  companies  total  $4  
billion  a  year,  even  as  the  biggest  oil  companies  reap  $90  billion  in  annual  profits.  
Prioritize  modernizing  our  electric  grid  to  evolve  to  support  localized,  renewable  energy  
generation,  reduce  electricity  waste,  and  increase  security  from  sabotage  or  attack.  Power  
outages  are  up  285%  over  the  last  30  years,  costing  businesses  as  much  as  $150  billion  
each  year,  and  renewable  energy  sources  remain  unconnected.    
Make  robust  investments  in  state  and  community  resiliency.      
Increase  our  investment  in  basic  clean  energy  research  so  the  U.S.  can  reclaim  the  lead  on  
energy  innovation,  including  advancing  development,  deployment,  transmission,  storage  
for  renewable  energy,  and  managing  demand  more  effectively.  
Work  with  industry  to  help  meet  skills  and  employment  needs  that  the  current  labor  
market  isn’t  sufficiently  supplying,  like  utility  workers  and  cybersecurity  experts.