The Progressive States Network (PSN) is an organization that receives very little attention in the press, but they are working aggressively to implement their progressive agenda from “the bottom up.” That is, the PSN’s tactic is to use a coordinated multi-state effort to implement their agenda at the state level, rather than in the federal government. This is a very effective strategy (if you are a progressive) since state level politics doesn’t get nearly the attention of national politics.
When you think of todays progressive agenda, green energy isn’t one of the first items that comes to mind in the way that Environmental Justice, Wealth Redistribution or National Popular Vote does. However, when you think back to the progressive icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his massive public works projects (i.e. the Hoover Dam) “green energy” starts to make sense as part of an overall progressive agenda.
Pandering And Political Favors At Your Expense
The “green energy” movement and progressive politics have a strong symbiosis that affords the liberal politician a fantastic opportunity for pandering, to dole out subsidies, grants and tax breaks while grabbing head lines touting future high paying jobs (that groups such as the PSN are pushing for) on the front end of the new and flawed solar or wind project.
On the other side of the equation, liberal politicians get to dream up new, creative regulations and tax schemes to force consumers and energy suppliers to adopt “green energy.”
While all the pandering and tinkering with the energy markets is happening, consumers are left with higher utility bills, less reliable power and higher consumer prices all in the name of saving the ENTIRE planet.
Green Energy In Michigan
If you want to understand how pervasive the Progressive States Network agenda has become, compare a boilerplate statement from Michigan’s Democrat Governor, Jennifer Granholm to the PSN’s State Job Creation Strategies. They are uncannily similar:
PSN: State-backed venture capital institutions that can not only supply needed capital for start-up firms, but help leverage additional private investments to expand the capital available for innovative start-ups in a region.
Granholm: Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today unveiled a new report that highlights the impact of the 21st Century Jobs Fund, which was first called for by the governor in her 2005 State of the State address. The 21st Century Jobs Fund is a 10-year initiative passed with overwhelming bipartisan legislative support to accelerate the diversification of Michigan’s economy and create jobs. It is administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“The 21st Century Jobs Fund was designed to reshape and diversify Michigan’s economy by focusing on innovative, entrepreneurial small businesses,” Granholm said. “Through the fund, we are laying the foundation for a new Michigan economy by developing a multi-dimensional entrepreneurial ecosystem that provides start-up businesses with seed capital, coaching and the support infrastructure needed to develop businesses in Michigan.”
PSN: Leverage technology transfer from universities and government labs to translate basic research into commercial products and the technical assistance that can launch firms builds on that innovation.
Granholm: create green sector skills alliances that bring together business, labor, government and educational leaders who share interest and expertise in a specific green sector of Michigan’s economy to develop specific training programs for jobs in these green industries;
Invest in Michigan’s community colleges, universities, and training facilities to build their capacity to develop and provide training for green jobs;
PSN: Nurture regional industry partnerships and industrial clusters where firms thrive together based on shared investments in the skills of the regional workforce and strategic support for specialized local firms.
Granholm: There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and no single approach creates a magic bullet. Rather, it is important to think of Michigan’s new economy as an entrepreneurial ecosystem whose sustainability requires many interlocking components to be successful.
[T]he Centers of Energy Excellence program to promote the growth of the clean energy economy across the state.
PSN: Encourage green innovation that will yield a range of new jobs in the emerging green sector.
Granholm: To grow the clean energy economy, we have to keep investing. Additional congressional action to promote the domestic manufacture of clean energy products is crucial.
After all, what sense does it make to move to a clean energy economy if we don’t manufacture what we need right here in America? Why trade a dependence on foreign oil for a dependence on foreign-made batteries?
The American public has a growing appetite for clean energy and electric vehicles produced at home. Let’s feed that appetite by powering the next generation with the bounty from our own soil. That’s much more palatable than giving our lunch money to China.
For each Progressive States Network bullet-point in their green jobs agenda, Michigan’s Governor has taken steps concrete steps to implement the PSN green jobs agenda.
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Granholm is not alone in implementing the PSN agenda. In Michigan’s state house there is Democrat State Rep. Rashida Tlaib pushing immigration reform and Environmental Justice. Democrat State Senator Deborah Cherry signed on to the PSN’s “Create Jobs, Give States Fiscal Relief” letter pushing the Democrats in Washington for more hand outs to the states.
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