When President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, he gave broad executive powers to the EPA to establish carbon emission standards for both new and existing power plants. He also increased funding for clean energy, while setting a goal to double our level of renewable energy generation by the year 2020. There will also be new vehicle fuel economy standards developed to take effect after 2018 and numerous other measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Of course, critics claim these actions will hurt the economy by raising the price of energy, which will in turn put a drag on the recovery and lead to more job losses. Leaving the question of green jobs aside for the moment, let’s take a look at the economics of switching to renewable energy.
Entrepreneurs, academics, and leading energy experts gathered at New York City’s Jacob Javits center for the Advanced Energy 2013 conference on April 30 and May 1. They discussed the latest developments in energy efficiency and how green energy has impacted job creation. Read more
The resurgence in American manufacturing and the rapid growth of clean technologies are feeding another trend: the rise of cleantech and sustainable manufacturing education. Students considering a job in this field need to first ask themselves, “What kind of a job do I want?” More importantly, they need to consider just how “green” they want their degree to be.
“What I’ve seen more of, rather than new degrees focusing on sustainable manufacturing, is more sustainability working its way into technology and engineering programs,” said Dr. Paul Rowland, executive director at AASHE (The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). Read more
It’s a favorite nostrum of the green energy camp that they employ more people than fossil fuel industries do in the United States. They point to the government’s statistics to bolster this claim, the most recent of which is Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual report on “Employment in Green Goods and Services.”
On March 14 of this year Daniel J. Weiss, senior fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund offered testimony on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices” to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources. As part of his testimony, he noted, “In 2010, 3.1 million jobs in the United States were associated with the production of green goods and services, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.” Read more
Clean energy and jobs were one of the many issues that reelected President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were on opposite sides of during the race. Romney was a strong proponent of coal energy and oil and gas drilling, and, though his campaign professed otherwise, was seen to be much less so for wind and solar energy.
President Obama, of course, has championed green tech and clean energy jobs since the beginning of his first term, through federal subsidies and programs for the wind and solar industries, aiming at long-term energy dependence and growth of what he has repeatedly dubbed “tomorrow’s economy.”
On paper, both private and public boosters of green technology and clean energy should be energized by another four years of Obama. After all, the president is clearly a proponent of both, and the assumption is that his administration will continue to push forward on renewable energy. And that give green jobs and employment in clean energy sectors a major lift.
But according to several experts, there won’t be any dramatic uptick anytime soon. Read more
Industries including biotech could be boosted if a new bill that provides tax credits for companies that manufacture products using renewable chemicals passes. Industry leaders emphasize that the legislation, called the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit of 2012, would also drive sustainable innovation. Read more
The nation’s first-ever Green Goods and Services report has been in the spotlight of scrutiny, as critics question whether the Obama administration is classifying a broad range of employment as green jobs for political intentions ahead of the November presidential election. The controversy highlights a central question: What exactly are green jobs according to the federal government? Read more