06/10/2009 - Green-collar workers—who include everyone from energy-efficiency consultants to wastewater plant operators—constitute a tiny but fast-growing segment of the U.S. economy, according to a study published today by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The "clean-energy economy" grew 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007 to 777,000 jobs. While that is just half a percent of all U.S. jobs, the clean-energy economy is poised to grow significantly with financial support from the public and private sectors, the Pew concludes.
"The nation's clean-energy economy is poised for explosive growth," said Lori Grange, the Pew Center on the States' interim deputy director. "The trends include surging venture capital investment ... a critical growth rate in clean-energy generation, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly products."
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