Proponents Turn in Signatures for Butte Energy Ban that Will  Drive Up Energy Costs, Put Jobs in Jeopardy

Proponents Turn in Signatures for Butte Energy Ban that Will Drive Up Energy Costs, Put Jobs in Jeopardy

June 05, 2014

Following the news that proponents of a hydraulic fracturing ban initiative in Butte County turned in signatures, Californians for a Safe, Secure Energy Future discussed how this ban will threaten local jobs and increase costs for families.

“This energy ban will put jobs at risk and increase our state’s dependence on costly foreign fuel sources.  Imported oil from overseas or other states will cost consumers more without the same strict environmental protections as we have in California.  At a time when Butte County’s jobless rate is higher than the state’s average and a gallon of gas costs about $4, this is a ban that local families simply cannot afford,” said Angela Thompson, City of Biggs Councilwoman.

“Right now, local workers who want quality jobs can’t find them. This energy ban will drive more businesses and jobs out of our county. Special interests want to ban energy today – but who knows what businesses, such as agriculture, that they’ll target tomorrow? Butte County and California need jobs, not job killers,” said farmer Curt Josiassen.

California’s oil and gas industry provides hundreds of thousands of jobs and pays billions in tax revenue each year, according to a recent study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) released by the Western States Petroleum Association.

The LAEDC study demonstrates the petroleum industry in Butte County is a significant source of jobs and economic activity.  Highlights from the report include:

  • In 2012, the petroleum industry contributed to 1,319 total jobs in Butte County and generated more than $95 million in labor income.
  • In Butte County, the state and local taxes paid in 2012 by companies and individuals involved in the petroleum industry total $88 million.
  • Jobs created or supported by the petroleum industry statewide generate $40 billion in labor income, which is 3.1% of California’s total labor income.
  • Statewide, the petroleum industry’s total economic value is $113 billion, which is 5.4% of California’s total gross domestic product and is larger than the economies of 17 U.S. states.

For more information about the Butte Energy Ban, visit: www.StopTheButteBan.com.

 

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