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Why This Matters: While there may be some overcounting in jobs lost or undercounting of the number covered under the generic PPP stimulus program, there is no doubt the sector has been “decimated” as the clean energy industry claims. It had been one very bright spot in terms of job growth until the virus struck. These are the good-paying jobs of the future — and are essential to making our climate goals and reducing greenhouse gas emissions — not just because they grow the economy and help to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency for all Americans.
The clean energy industry association reps told reporters that without specific relief for them, there will be even more layoffs ahead. “We need Congress to quit ignoring the size, the scope, and the economic importance of clean energy in America,” Bob Keefe, executive director of E2, the Washington Examiner reported. “And we need to quit letting the rest of the world leave America in the dust when it comes to energy innovation and jobs and the investments that come with it,” Keefe added. Still, the clean energy sector should improve on its own eventually. As fossil fuel companies are increasingly struggling financially and losing financial backers, clean energy projects are still seen as a good investment.
In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]
This past Sunday, France rode the green wave (or, as some of the French media has dubbed it, the green tsunami) as the country’s green party– Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV)– and its allies won big in major cities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux. And the mayor of Paris, a socialist, also won handily.
Why This Matters: The local election has already pushed Macron to act on environmental issues.
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