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There Are ‘Millions Of New Jobs If We Go Green,’ Says Climate Data Analyst

Published Tuesday, September 15, 2020
by Naeisha Rose/
There Are ‘Millions Of New Jobs If We Go Green,’ Says Climate Data Analyst

(NEW YORK CITY) - The Presidential Election of 2020 is just weeks away and to garner more votes, Danielle Deiseroth - a Climate Data Analyst for Data for Progress and recent panelist for the DNC Climate Council, believes Democrats need to campaign on Green Jobs now more than ever.  “We tested the figures,” she said, “(and there are) millions of good-paying Clean Energy Jobs (that could be created).”

Just transforming one aspect of the Energy System in the U.S. - the electric grid - could create millions of Green Union Jobs, according to Deiseroth, who recently spoke with LaborPress.  

In 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration website stated that only 18% of electricity generation is from renewable energy.

About 20% is nuclear energy and the remaining 63% is from fossil fuels.

Converting the remaining parts of the grid with renewable energy would mean an 82% overhaul. 

“We ‘know that to accomplish the goal of transforming the electricity grid to run on completely carbon free energy by 2035 that job creation will be in the millions,’” said Deiseroth. “There is ‘definitely really good signs’ that (Vice President Joe) Biden’s campaign ‘will be prioritizing Labor and Unions in his clean energy plan, and making sure that all voices are represented in developing the plans further.’”

While Deiseroth doesn’t have concrete numbers on how many millions of jobs that could be created under Biden’s Build It Back Better Jobs and Economic Recovery Initiative, she knows National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is serving as an advisor for that job creation strategy. 

The Green aspect of his job plans include “investing in a modern, sustainable infrastructure and sustainable engines of growth - from roads and bridges, to energy grids and schools, to universal broadband,” according to Biden’s campaign website. “Updated proposals to meet the climate crisis (will) build a clean energy economy, address environmental injustice and create millions of good-paying Union Jobs.”

Biden’s current plans includes a $2 trillion investment in Green Energy and Technology that would affect: Infrastructure (rebuilding roads, bridges and green spaces); The Auto Industry (one million jobs creating electric vehicles and charging stations in the U.S.); Transit (more zero emission public transit options); The Power Sector (American-made pollution-free energy sources); and Buildings (upgrade four million buildings and weatherize two million more).

Also on the agenda are: Housing (1.5 sustainable homes and housing units); Agriculture and Conservation (250,000 jobs to those that abandon Fossil Fuel Jobs for climate-smart agriculture and conservation); and Environmental Justice (creating good, Union, Middle-Class Jobs in communities left behind, righting wrongs in communities that bear the brunt of pollution, and lifting up the best ideas from across our Nation - rural, urban, and tribal).

Input and Apprenticeships from Labor Unions for the clean energy transition would be the way to go, according to Deiseroth.

Advocating for high-wage jobs with the help of Organized Labor heads will also be of help, she said.

“The clean energy transition ‘will be no small feat,’” the analyst said. “It ‘will take millions of jobs to do this - to take our country into a clean energy future.’”

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