U.S. Green Economy Needs Plan to Hit Potential-Pew

Publication: Guardian

Author: Reuters

06/10/2009 - The number of U.S. workers in environmental fields such as renewable energy and cutting air pollution has grown quickly over the past decade but the country needs a comprehensive energy plan for sector to meet its full potential, a Pew Center report said on Wednesday.

Clean economy jobs grew at a national rate of 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007 to 770,385, while overall jobs grew 3.7 percent during that time, the study said.

Despite the recession, innovation and competition in the clean economy should continue to rise due to venture capital investments, the cost of fossil fuels, and state and federal policies such as the stimulus bill. But more policies are needed.

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