His Voice: County can lead the way with clean-energy jobs
by Rep. Jerry McNerney
Aug 04, 2009 | 1305 views | 9 9 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I travel home to California every weekend to host events and meetings. Everywhere I go in San Joaquin County I hear from people who are worried about losing their jobs, making their mortgage payments and being able to provide for their families.

As a former small-business owner and father of three, I know from personal experience how difficult it is to raise a family during an economic downturn. I’ve struggled to make ends meet, pay for my three kids to go to college and keep my business afloat.

We’re all working hard to get the economy back on track in San Joaquin County. Just last month, I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act, legislation that will create jobs in California and San Joaquin County.

Before I was elected to Congress, I spent more than 20 years working on new energy technologies. I started my own small business and helped develop the type of windmills you see while driving over the Altamont Pass.

I experienced firsthand the excitement of developing new technologies and saw the potential to create jobs. I know that San Joaquin County can and will be a leader in creating new jobs by attracting businesses that build solar panels and windmill parts, construct materials for energy-efficient homes and office buildings, and grow crops for biofuels.

I also want to make sure that San Joaquin County’s workforce has the tools and training for these new jobs, which is why I wrote a part of the bill that provides funding for renewable energy job-training programs. Institutions like San Joaquin Delta College will be able to apply for money to help people in San Joaquin County compete for these new jobs.

I also voted for this bill because our country will be safer when we produce most of our energy at home instead of buying it from overseas. Sept. 11 made it clear that we can’t leave ourselves vulnerable by continuing to send our wealth to hostile countries. We now spend about $400 billion a year to purchase oil from foreign countries, much of which goes to places that are a threat to our national security. This legislation gives us the choice to use energy created in San Joaquin County rather than bought from the Middle East.

If we make gradual changes to increase domestic production of new energy and improve the efficiency of our buildings and cars, we’ll keep more of our dollars at home and save money on our energy costs. California is already ahead of the curve on a lot of the changes that this bill makes and — because of this — California households will begin to see savings in their electricity bills during the coming years.

I was proud to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act because it will help rebuild our economy and strengthen our national security. Let’s rise to the challenge of these tough economic times and show our American entrepreneurial spirit. San Joaquin County can lead the way.

• Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, represents Tracy in Congress. He was first elected to his seat in 2006.

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August 10, 2009
Oh goody goody feeling.Rahrahrah!

Fact is cap and trade does little to create jobs or reduce pollution. In, fact it will reduce jobs and raise taxes and energy costs as has already been clearly evident in other countries.

In a nutshell:: "cap" jobs and "trade" polition. Then raise taxes. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat whatever Nancy wants. Repeat. Repeat.

I couldn't help but notice that even TB hasn't chimed in as A Nerney Cheerleader?
August 10, 2009

Jerry, why don't you tell us about the special redistricting election and if that affects you? Personally I'm not sure yet, but I heard about it. Livermore? Right?


"I travel home to California every weekend to host events and meetings. Everywhere I go in San Joaquin County I hear from people who are worried about losing their jobs, making their mortgage payments and being able to provide for their families.


...and you've shown us that you have the cahones to do, what?, about it?

Let's see voted yes for Cap and Trade?

Here's what the WSJ has to say about Jerry's vote for Cap and Trade:

The Cap and Tax Fiction: Democrats off-loading economics to pass climate change bill.

WSJ (JUNE 26, 2009)

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday. It looks as if the Democrats will have to destroy the discipline of economics to get it done.

Despite House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's many payoffs to Members, rural and Blue Dog Democrats remain wary of voting for a bill that will impose crushing costs on their home-district businesses and consumers. The leadership's solution to this problem is to simply claim the bill defies the laws of economics.


The biggest doozy in the CBO analysis was its extraordinary decision to look only at the day-to-day costs of operating a trading program, rather than the wider consequences energy restriction would have on the economy. The CBO acknowledges this in a footnote: "The resource cost does not indicate the potential decrease in gross domestic product (GDP) that could result from the cap."

The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.


Even as Democrats have promised that this cap-and-trade legislation won't pinch wallets, behind the scenes they've acknowledged the energy price tsunami that is coming. During the brief few days in which the bill was debated in the House Energy Committee, Republicans offered three amendments: one to suspend the program if gas hit $5 a gallon; one to suspend the program if electricity prices rose 10% over 2009; and one to suspend the program if unemployment rates hit 15%. Democrats defeated all of them.

The reality is that cost estimates for climate legislation are as unreliable as the models predicting climate change. What comes out of the computer is a function of what politicians type in. A better indicator might be what other countries are already experiencing. Britain's Taxpayer Alliance estimates the average family there is paying nearly $1,300 a year in green taxes for carbon-cutting programs in effect only a few years.

Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history. Even Democrats can't repeal that reality.


Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page A12

Now that Piken cancelled the windmill project we find out that the Dems never intended to keep their promise of Solar and Wind energy? So much for the ("change") we were sold in November of 2008.

Sorry, Jerry, I'm not buying your vote. I think in your letter you just admitted to the voters that you wasted nearly twenty years working on energy windmills that only generate less than a fraction of a percent of California's energy needs.

If so, I think it'c clear we need to look for a better solution come November.

August 07, 2009
McNerney, did you say all that glowing review of the future while holding rolled blue prints under your arms, and in one hand you hold the contracts, your other hand holding a shovel for ground breaking?

If not, then you are just parroting what you are supposed to say, I view you as a White Elephant since my report to you two years ago on the Residence and Care of our faithful Veterans and your report came back patting my hand saying, "we will look into it".. and nothing more!


Former two year Californian.

August 07, 2009
“I travel home to California every weekend to host events and meetings.”

Really Jerry, Pelosi Airlines or what? How green are ya really? What’s yer carbon footprint because if this?

“I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act.”

An livin th jet set life as ya travel back an forth across th nation twice a week. Who else ya takin on these little jaunts?

“If we make gradual changes to increase domestic production of new energy and improve the efficiency of our buildings and cars, we’ll keep more of our dollars at home and save money on our energy costs.”

Don’t tell us about it, do it. Ya can start by opening up the oil fields off shore an in Montana and North Dakota. Anwar is ready too.

Or ya can continue to flap yer yap about what yer gonna do an how well you’ve done in th past businesses ya apparently couldn’t run fer profit and let th energy problem in America continue fer another twenty years.

Seems yer long on th first part and short on th second. Oh, but that wouldn’t be PC with Nancy would it? Don’t want to tick off yer bread and butter now do we?

Yep, ya just might guess this old codger isn’t impressed with th job yer doin. Lots of empty promises an very little action.

August 06, 2009
Jim please don’t be so hard on McNerney. In my opinion he’s just doing what the San Francisco liberal nancy is telling him to do. Have you ever heard the saying lap dog.

Maybe if McNerney keeps voting as nancy tells him, he will get to ride on one of nancy’s new three Gulfstream jets . You know the one’s that cost us tax payers over $200 million dollars. You wouldn’t want the elite to fly with us common folks now would you? Also I think there is a freezer available. It’s like new it was only used to store cash.

I believe it belonged to that fine upstanding Democrat Congressman William Jefferson. I heard he won’t be needing it for a few years. So to save us tax payer’s some money maybe she could install the freezer in one of her new jets. Sorry not much of a chance of that is there?

Ornley Gumfudgen
August 06, 2009
OK Jerry, ya brought it up and ya started it. Jes remember that.

So, given yer restin on yer accolades of being such a successful businessman in th area of renewable energy. Please tell all of us how successful yer business ventures have been in th area of making ya an income from these ventures.

An while yer at it an on th subject, please tell us how many people yer ventures, when ya were runnin them, put to work an whair are they taday?

Want ta improve our nation’s economy ta give us time to implement other forms of energy? Take a look at th US Geological Survey regardin th Bakken formation in North Dakota an Montana.

Here, I'll make it easy fer ya. [url]http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911[/url]

Now, are ya so blinded by yer own ambitions ta make money an follow th pseudo-science of Al Gore ta do it that ya just can’t bring yerself to do somethin ta benefit our citizens instead of fleacin em ta line yer own pockets?

Th ole man upstairs gave ya a brain ta think with, try usin it fer a change.

August 06, 2009
Nice talking points Jerry... You've made your buddies in Congress proud. Now, how about taking some time out of your busy recess and let the voters in your district give you some feedback of our own. SJC is not your personal liberal laboratory to try out your clean energy proposals. Where are all the jobs that this ACES act was suppose to create? Where is the resurgence in the economy for this district going to come from? Obama's health care reform is nothing more than a scam to allow the government to take over the health insurance industry, and using taxpayer dollars to fund it. If you think it's such a great idea, why don't you and the rest of your buddies in Congress agree to signup on it if it passes? Give up some of those perks that you have in Congress before you start dictating to the American people what is good for them. Your nothing but a political hack who's only interested in keeping your seat in Congress. Watch out Jerry! your time is coming to an end.
August 05, 2009
This is cap-and-trade, the Waxman energy bill which, according to President Obama, will cause your energy bills to "necessarily skyrocket"

Rep McNerney received a $2000 contribution from the Dem whip days before his yes vote.


Obama's video:


August 05, 2009
Rep McNerney travels "home to California every weekend to host events and meetings" but he will not schedule a town hall meeting with his constituents to talk about health care during this long August recess. Why are you hiding Jerry?

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