Clean energy jobs report underscores need for major new climate investments

EDF statement from Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs

June 28, 2022
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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 28, 2022) The U.S. Energy and Employment Report released today shows that job growth in clean energy from 2020 to 2021 outpaced the economy overall, while fossil fuel jobs either declined or grew at a slower rate. There were more than 3 million jobs in low- and zero-emissions industries, accounting for 41 percent of all energy jobs last year.

“The nation’s accelerating growth in clean energy is creating thousands of new jobs. Investing in clean energy means more jobs, lower costs, and healthier communities. That’s why Congress should pass the major clean energy investments President Biden wants. We can strengthen the economy and chart a path toward a stable climate at the same time,” said Elizabeth Gore, Senior Vice President, Political Affairs, at Environmental Defense Fund.

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