Green Party supports solar legislation, calls ‘green energy' a ‘human right' and backs labor livable wage demand for workers
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Thursday, September 1, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles) 310-270-7106,
Stuart Bechman (Ventura) 805-405-3929,
Pat Driscoll (Sacramento) 916-320-6430,
Susan King (San Francisco) 415-823-5524,
SACRAMENTO (September 1, 2005) – The Green Party of California today
affirmed its full support for legislation designed to boost alternative
energy resources – a "Million Solar Roofs Initiative" – noting that "green
energy" should be considered a "human right."
The bill's goal would be to place one million solar energy systems on new
and existing residential and commercial structures in 10 years, and solar
energy systems on 50 percent of the new home developments in 13 years. New
home buyers would be able to choose solar energy as an option, with the
help of a $5,000 state tax credit.
Greens have praised the bill since its inception, saying it was long
overdue and would help wean the state from heavily polluting, oil-dependent
electric energy generation.
"Like water, healthcare and mobility, green energy is arguably a human
right, not a commodity. Utilizing on a massive scale available solar technology to
reduce energy costs and emissions is a giant step forward," said Tom
Bolema, a member of the GPCA Coordinating Committee from Los Angeles.
The legislation, embraced by the Governor early on and with strong
bipartisan support, has run into some hurdles this past week when labor was
able to add amendments to require union workers in larger commercial projects.
While business special interests, including the governor, have expressed
doubts about this development and are now signaling they may not support
the bill, the GPCA said it fully backs the need for livable wages.
"Two key values of the Green Party are sustainability and social justice.
Rather than a conflict, we find it entirely consistent that workers receive
fair wages for helping build our energy independence," said Erika McDonald,
San Francisco Green Party spokesperson.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437