New Report Finds U.S. Clean Energy Jobs Outnumber Fossil Fuel Jobs by 2.5 to 1 Margin

Other than fossil fuel industry executives, is there anyone out there who still isn’t aware that clean energy jobs are the among fastest growing in the country — “12 times faster than that of the rest of the U.S. economy?” So it’s certainly true in terms of growth rate. Now, a new report by the Sierra Club finds that it’s also true in terms of absolute numbers when compared to the fossil fuel industry – and it’s not even close.

  • “Clean energy jobs, including from solar, wind, energy efficiency, smart grid technology and battery storage, vastly outnumber all fossil fuel jobs nationally from the coal, oil and gas sectors. That includes jobs in power generation, mining, and extraction.”
  • “Nationally, clean energy jobs outnumber all fossil  fuel jobs by over 2.5 to 1; and they exceed all jobs in  coal and gas by 5 to 1. “
  • “The analysis also demonstrates that 41 states and  Washington, D.C. (80% of the total) have more  clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs from all sources.”

Again, we’re seeing this pattern all over the country, but certain states show a particularly lopsided  dominance of clean energy jobs over fossil fuel jobs. For instance:

  • California has 486,041 clean energy jobs vs. just 79,096 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of more than 6:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • New York has 127,260 clean energy jobs vs. just 10,653 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of 12:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • Florida has 126,210 clean energy jobs vs. just 31,876 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of 4:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • Massachusetts has 103,927 clean energy jobs vs. just 7,429 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of 14:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • Illinois has 101,869 clean energy jobs vs. just 32,668 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of more than 3:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • Michigan has 101,266 clean energy jobs  vs. just 11,811 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of nearly 9:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • North Carolina has 93,415 clean energy jobs vs. just 8,048 fossil fuel jobs, a ratio of nearly 12:1 in favor of clean energy.
  • Oregon has a whopping 77:1 ratio in favor of clean energy jobs.
  • Even in oil-and-gas-rich Texas, clean energy jobs are catching up, with fossil fuel jobs outnumbering solar, wind and energy efficiency jobs by less than a 2:1 ratio — and shrinking fast.

Again, it’s important to note that clean energy jobs are among the fastest-growing in the U.S. economy, while the coal sector is shrinking fast and oil and gas jobs have plunged in recent years.  In short, the future of the U.S. economy is definitely in clean, not dirty, energy. Let’s see if policymakers in state capitals and in Washington, DC can figure that one out.

 
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