The regulatory freeze instituted by the Trump administration halted four rules that are designed to promote greater energy efficiency. This appears to be just the first move in a plan to remove environmental protections and cut environmental budgets. While clearly bad for the environment, it will also lead to a reduction of environmental jobs, a report says.
The report revealed three trends on the growth of sustainability jobs in the U.S.
1). Sustainability jobs represent a large and growing portion of the U.S. workforce
Environmental jobs actually outpace the rest of the U.S. economy in terms of growth and job creation. In fact, solar employment opportunities alone are currently growing 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy. There are now more than 4 million environmental jobs in the country, from energy efficiency and renewable energy, to waste reduction and environmental education.
2). These jobs cannot be outsourced, and can pay above-average wages.
Environmental jobs are well paying, and help bolster the domestic economy. Most are found in the small business sector, making them local, American jobs by nature. Many of these jobs pay well above the national average.
3). Environmental jobs are available in every state in America.
The clean energy and sustainability boom has created jobs all across the nation, with employed workers in every state.
Continued investment in clean energy means more environmental jobs and a cleaner future. Rolling back policies will mean a reduction in current and future American environmental jobs. Rather than halt further development, perhaps the country would be better served if it continued America’s transition to a clean energy future.