Senator Boxer: Clean-Energy Jobs in the San Fernando Valley
Friday, August 20, 2010
This week I visited Chatsworth’s Capstone Turbine Corporation, which is creating good jobs and helping make California the hub of the new clean-energy economy. But, like so many California businesses I have visited, they need more help to grow and expand.
That’s why when the Senate is back next month, we must immediately act to pass the Small Business Jobs bill, which will cut taxes and get credit flowing again on Main Street.
Not surprisingly, Capstone felt the impact of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But on my visit, I heard how business has started to grow again: the company has hired 27 workers over the past 18 months and is developing a more powerful and efficient microturbine, thanks to the recent good news of a $5 billion federal investment from the Department of Energy.
It was exciting to see this kind of cutting-edge clean-energy technology being made in America and putting Californians back to work. It is our job in Washington to help Capstone and other businesses succeed, so we can create more jobs and get California’s economy back on track.
We know that our greatest national resource is American ingenuity. Our country has led every technological revolution of the past century. And if we act, we will lead this one, too – and benefit from all the economic opportunities that accompany it.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer