Creating New Jobs, Cutting Carbon Emissions, and Reducing Oil Imports By Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Publication Date: December 2008
Publisher(s): Earth Policy Institute
Author(s): Lester Brown
Series: Plan B Update 2008-12
Keywords: energy economy; green jobs; environment
Coverage: United States
At a time when major U.S. companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy facilities is expanding by well over 30 percent a year. These investments both create jobs and help prevent climate change from spiraling out of control.