Author Jeff Goodell's quote, “[a] full-blown push for clean energy could unleash a jobs bonanza that would make what happened in Silicon Valley in the 1990s look like a bake sale,” rings true when you look at yesterday's job report published by the UN.
The report found that solving global warming has resulted in world wide employment gains.
Check out these numbers:
- By the year 2020, Germany will have more jobs in the field of environmental technologies than in its entire automotive industry.
- In the US alone, the environmental industry in 2005 generated more than 5.3 million jobs.
- In China, 150,000 jobs were created in solar heating, a sector with sales revenues in 2005 of $2.5 billion.
In contrast, Solve Climate reports that “the number of individuals currently employed in the coal industry in the US: about 80,000 and shrinking.”