Covid-19 has roiled California, threatening 18% unemployment in 2020 and forcing policymakers to recharge the world’s fifth-largest economy, even as they face a $54 billion budget deficit stemming from the crisis. In response, Governor Newsom convened a Recovery Task Force, which co-chair Tom Steyer says could leverage clean energy as a “huge job creator.”
He’s right. Clean energy can be the economic engine for California. We already lead the U.S. in solar energy and electric vehicle deployment, and rank fifth in wind power.