A Green Recovery
The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) reports that transitioning to clean energy would create an estimated five million U.S. jobs—86,000 of them in our state. A new, clean-energy sector would require the services of electricians, machinists, carpenters, building inspectors, software engineers, and line installers, jobs that thousands of Pennsylvanians are already trained to do.
Because the vast majority of green jobs can’t be outsourced, a shift to clean energy will not only protect our environment, but it will also protect our economy, which is dependent on the taxes and spending from a solid, middle class. If our middle class tanks, so will the economy.
The PERI report estimates that a shift to clean, renewable energy would create four times as many jobs as investing the same amount in the coal or oil industry, while also improving public health and well-being. As Van Jones, president of Green for All put it, “You can’t base a national economy on credit cards. But you can base it on solar panels, wind turbines, smart biofuels, and a massive program to weatherize every building and home in America.”