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December 28, 2014
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Clean energy provides more jobs than fossil fuels

NATION — A report released by the Brookings Institution last week concluded that there are more people currently employed in green technology and clean power than in industries related to fossil fuels.

Brookings concluded that the clean economy, defined as sectors that produce goods and services with environmental benefit, is currently responsible for 2.7 million jobs. The institute calculated the national numbers by county, one of the first times such a study has been done at this level of detail.
The clean economy currently entails a higher proportion of manufacturing jobs than the economy as a whole, according to the report, at 26% versus 9%.

Jobs in the clean economy also tend to offer higher wages for lower-skilled jobs, called “green collar jobs,” including tasks like installing solar panels and doing home retrofits.
Among the report’s recommendations are that Congress should pass a national clean energy standard, put a price on carbon, use the government as a chief customer of clean-tech goods and increase funding for basic science and early-stage high risk projects.