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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.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation campaigns on climate change after an undercover video released this summer showed an ExxonMobil lobbyist admitting that the company had fought against climate science. Executives from several big oil companies, the American Petroleum […]
The Biden administration has reached out to Congress on everything from a solar power blueprint to an infrastructure plan with tax incentives for clean energy which the President has called an “economic imperative and a national security imperative.” But the GOP has turned their trunk up at all of it — making the GOP refusal of otherwise bipartisan, common-sense measures an […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the United States and the EU will convene to announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions. This announcement will occur after a virtual, closed-door climate summit in preparation for the COP26 this November. “We are grateful to be working with the European Union and partner countries […]
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