US Clean Energy Jobs Surpass Fossil Fuel Jobs By 5 To 1

The recently published Department of Energy 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report shows that clean electricity jobs are no doubt the engine that drives America’s electric energy economy, outstripping the number of paychecks provided by the fossil fuel industry by at least five to one. While that doesn’t mean fossil fuel generation is gone, it certainly means that if you are a politician looking for ways to grow jobs for the long term in your community, clean energy is the path to take. All told, nearly 1 million Americans are working near- or full-time in the energy efficiency, solar, wind, and alternative vehicles sectors. This is almost five times the current employment in the fossil fuel electric industry, which includes coal, gas, and oil workers. And if you add in those who only work part-time, such as a construction worker who doesn’t spend all of his or her work hours installing energy efficient components like high-efficiency windows, the number jumps to nearly 3 million Americans working in part or in whole for the energy efficiency, solar, wind, and alternative vehicles sectors. That’s 14 times the current employment in the fossil fuel electric industry.

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