Green Jobs Can Spur Economic Recovery
Can green jobs spur an economic recovery? There's no doubt about it.
Just ask the veterans in
Or ask the manufacturing workers in the Midwest who, because their companies successfully transitioned into clean energy manufacturing, escaped the job loss that befell millions of their brethren over the past decade. In
The statistics don't lie: Even without a comprehensive national policy, clean energy jobs in
Several states are already demonstrating the kind of positive economic transformation that can result from progressive clean energy and climate measures. In four years,
Another sterling example is
The state's decades-long commitment to forward-thinking climate policies has caused green job growth to outpace overall job creation in the state by a rate of almost 3 to 1 since 1995. A study released in December by Collaborative Economics and Next 10 showed that even during the economic crisis, green jobs in
The development of the green economy does present challenges.
Additionally, as opponents of strong climate and energy policies argue, some jobs will be lost in the transition to a clean energy economy. Although these will be replaced by an even greater number of renewable energy jobs--a new study published in the journal Energy Policy found that non-fossil fuel technologies create more jobs per unit of energy than coal and natural gas do--it is critical that any energy bill include a program to support displaced workers. America has a long history of providing assistance to workers affected by major economic shifts. The GI Bill, for instance, provided financial support, education, and training to ease soldiers' transition back into the civilian economy after World War II.
The challenges can be overcome.
Green jobs are no fantasy. They are putting food on tables right now and are growing quickly, despite a dearth of federal support. But until we embrace them, America will lag behind
Green jobs can revive the U.S. economy and resolve some of the worst environmental problems facing the planet.
It's time to end the debate and start investing in America's future.
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