"Over the past few years, we've established a clean-energy template that is creating thousands of new jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and generating innovative technologies for the future," Gov. Ritter said. "The New Energy Economy in
Gov. Ritter, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley co-hosted the forum. Also taking part in panel discussions were Michael Chrisman from the California Department of Natural Resources, and Jay Manning from
Gov. Ritter called for a national energy and climate policy that will allow other states to duplicate and share in the successes that
"These are still very difficult economic times," Gov. Ritter said. "We are starting to see signs of stability, and we know that developing our clean-energy sector will be a key part of our recovery. One of the best things government can do to help grow the New Energy Economy on a national scale is to provide the private sector with a predictable regulatory environment. For businesses to attract venture capital, they need to have certainty of federal regulations and incentives."
Gov. Ritter cited the doubling of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard within his first 100 days in office in 2007 as a key reason for
"We recognized in