Much has been made about Donald saving Carrier’s jobs from moving to Mexico. (In return, Donald gifted Carrier a 7 million dollar tax break). However, this concern for Carrier’s jobs seems like a brand new concern for Donald’s administration.
Politico reports that two years ago, Mike Pence denied Carrier’s request to veto a bill that rolled back Indiana’s energy efficiency program. Carrier warned the future vice president that “ending the energy program would eliminate about 380 direct jobs and more than 1,200 indirect jobs.”
The bill Pence repealed was not only good for jobs, but good for the environment. The program Pence axed was “Energizing Indiana”. Politico reports that the program offered “buyers reduced costs for lighting products, free residential walk-through efficiency audits and rebates to businesses for installing energy efficient equipment such as the HVAC parts and furnaces Carrier makes.”
The program was largely a success. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission reported that the program provided “up to $5.49 in savings for each dollar spent by commercial and industrial customers” and “reaped 404 gigawatt hours of energy efficiency.” Since Pence cut the program, Indiana’s efficiency gains have been half what they were.
Pence and Donald apparently only show concern for jobs when it is politically expedient, and ignore programs that could help the environment and the economy at the same time.