Don’t fall for the Big Gas Mafia’s propaganda about all the jobs they will provide. The way to put Americans to work is converting to truly clean energy.
The clean economy employs more workers than fossil fuels
By Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:22am EDT
The green technology and clean power industries are currently employing more workers than their dirty fossil fuel peers. That’s according to a report released from the Brookings Institution, which has crunched the numbers of jobs created in the U.S. by sectors like solar, wind, waste water recycling, public transportation and energy efficiency retrofits.
At 2.7 million jobs, the clean economy — which Brookings defines as sectors that produce goods and services with an environmental benefit — also employs more workers than the biosciences industry, though not as many jobs created via information technology. Brookings crunched these numbers via each county (see image), which is one of the first times this kind of study has been done.
To help boost the clean energy economy even more, the Brookings report suggests that Congress could pass a national clean energy standard, put a price on carbon, use the government as a chief customer of cleantech goods (Obama has been strong on this), find more ways to help proven clean technologies pass the so-called Valley of Death, as well as increase funding for basic science and early-stage high risk projects (like the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program).
Tax fossil fuels and subsidize clean energy.