CLAIM: Clean and renewable energy doesn’t support many American jobs.
FACT: There are at least a million clean energy jobs in the United States, from hard hats and lab coats to engineers and installers. The sector is a strong and growing contributor to America’s economy.
- In the first three months of 2012 alone, there were more than 46,000 new jobs associated with new clean energy projects. (Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs,
- The U.S. wind industry employs more than 75,000 people. (Source: American Wind Energy Association,
- The U.S. solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans. (Source: Solar Foundation,
- More than 400,000 people work in the U.S. biofuels industry. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association,
- There are at least 200,000 people working in the U.S. hydropower industry. (Source: Navigant Consulting,
- 25,000 Americans work in the U.S. geothermal energy industry. (Source: TechNewsWorld,
- 155,000 Americans were employed by suppliers of clean and efficient vehicle components in 2011. (Source: NRDC/NWF/UAW,
- The U.S. biomass industry supports more than 15,000 jobs, with many of those jobs based in rural areas. (Source: Biomass Power Association,
- The growing green building sector supports 661,000 jobs – one-third of the U.S. design and construction workforce. (Source: McGraw Hill,
To learn more, see our Energy Issues page on Jobs.