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Creating New Jobs, Cutting Carbon Emissions, and Reducing Oil Imports By Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Earth Policy Institute

Author(s): Lester Brown

Series: Plan B Update 2008-12

Topic: Energy (Renewable energy sources)

Keywords: energy economy; green jobs; environment

Type: Report

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.