This week, President Biden introduced sweeping local weather plans that embrace a moratorium on new federal oil and gasoline leases on public land; a directive that the federal government ramp up procurement of EVs; and addresses environmental justice points in low-income and communities of shade.
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The following is a press release from Bob Keefe, government director of the nationwide, nonpartisan enterprise group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs):
“Today’s motion guarantees to turbocharge clear vitality and create new alternatives for all Americans – which is precisely what we have to bounce begin our sagging economic system and fight local weather change earlier than it’s too late.
“Until now, we haven’t finished sufficient to deal with the beforehand ignored problems with how one can assist displaced oil and gasoline employees and how one can get extra clear vitality jobs in low revenue and communities of shade. Coupled with leveraging the market-changing energy of federal procurement, that is the how you start to construct again higher.”
According to E2 analysis, clear vitality jobs outnumber fossil gasoline jobs three to 1. The majority of the roles additionally pay higher than 80% of fossil gasoline jobs. And earlier than COVID-19, they had been the fastest-growing jobs in America. —
Before COVID-19, practically three.four million Americans throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia labored in clear vitality occupations, together with renewable vitality, vitality effectivity, grid modernization, clear autos and fuels, in line with E2’s Clean Jobs America report.
E2’s newest unemployment report launched for the month of December exhibits the clear vitality sector completed the yr with 429,000 (12% of the nation’s clear vitality workforce) nonetheless unemployed – marking the primary yr that clear vitality employment noticed a decline in comparison with the earlier yr and lowest complete since 2015.
E2’s Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report particulars how clear vitality jobs pay 25% higher than the nationwide median wage (together with nearly all of fossil gasoline jobs), have increased unionization charges than the remainder of the personal sector, and usually tend to include retirement and healthcare advantages. A $99 billion federal funding in clear vitality— about identical quantity the U.S. invested in clear vitality as a part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that then-Vice President Biden oversaw—would shortly create 860,000 new jobs and drive $330 billion in financial exercise over 5 years in line with the mannequin detailed in E2’s Build Back Better, Faster
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