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Germany is the world leader in solar energy and the number of clean energy workers has doubled there over the last few years to nearly 400,000. Most importantly, Germany has added more jobs in clean energy than they’ve cut in fossil fuels.
A similar story is taking place in the U.S. In 2012, the solar energy industry added nearly 14,000 jobs, growing by 13%. That’s six times more than the rest of the economy and makes it one of the fastest growing industries in the country. With over 120,000 employees in solar power, there are now more people employed to create solar than to mine coal.
Clean energy is even outpacing natural gas growth – Massachusetts recently reported that they’ve added 80,000 clean energy jobs since 2011, nearly triple the 30,000 jobs Pennsylvania has added since the shale gas boom.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.4 million (broadly defined) “green jobs” in 2011. This accounts for about 1 in 50 jobs in the U.S. and should continue to grow as industries like solar expect to double over the next few years.
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Jacob Sandry is an Energy Studies scholar at Yale University and a fellow at Mosaic. He has worked in Colorado to protect endangered waterways and in Bolivia to protect animals rescued from the black market. Jacob has been to 5 continents, but originally hails from Minnesota where he developed his appreciation for the environment by camping, hiking and running. Follow him on twitter @yaakovsandry.