Renewable Energy Sector Helps Drive Job Markets At Home And Abroad
A recent study shows that that
jobs in renewable energy are expanding worldwide, while jobs in coal and natural
gas are disappearing.
tend to be a labor-intensive energy source, more so than the fossil fuels
industry, which relies heavily on expensive pieces of production equipment. A
transition toward renewable energy hence shows promise of a more robust job
past two decades, coal output in the U.S. rose by almost one third, yet
employment has been cut in half. Membership of the United Mine Workers of
America has withered from 167,000
active members in 1980 to 16,000 today.
industry has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs at home as well as abroad, in China, Germany, Britain, and South Africa
over the past few decades, according to the National Mining
According to the United Nations, global investors poured
$148 billion into new wind, solar and other alternative
energy assets in 2007, labeling
this movement a “green energy gold rush”. The spike in investment soars 60
percent above 2006 similar project levels.
“With world temperatures
and fossil fuel prices climbing higher, it is increasingly obvious to the public
and investors alike that the transition to a low-carbon society is both a global
imperative and an inevitability,” U.N. Undersecretary-General Achim Steiner