The country's more than 3 million clean energy jobs are almost evenly split between Republican and Democratic congressional districts, new research on Monday showed.
The non-profit organization E2, which pursues initiatives for clean energy, especially jobs in the fields of renewable energy, electric vehicle manufacturing and modernization of the electricity network, conducted the investigation with the external company BW Research.
Democratic-run districts account for 54.3% while Republican-run districts account for 44.9% of all clean energy jobs. Some districts have vacant posts.
The uppermost district is headed by Rep. Ro Khanna, the California Democrat, whose San Francisco Bay Area district includes Silicon Valley. Next up is the California 12th by spokeswoman Nancy Pelosis. She follows Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the Republican of Texas who represents parts of Houston, then the Utah District of Republican Congressman John Curtis, which also includes Salt Lake City. Rep. Katie Porter, the California Democrat who represents much of Orange County, rounds out the top 5.
The full results can be accessed using this searchable tool using district maps or zip codes.
The report strikes as Congress continues to debate infrastructure and spending laws, which include the largest U.S. clean energy investments of all time, despite the fact that initiatives have been scaled back sharply from original proposals by the Biden administration and leading Democrats. As currently set out in a framework released by the White House last week, approximately $ 555 billion has been earmarked for clean energy and other investments in climate change. Biden said a move to renewables will lead the US to net-zero emissions by 2050, after cutting emissions in half for the first time by the end of the decade.
The international climate summit COP26 of the United Nations, which is currently taking place in Scotland, is also in the background. The United Nations hope for big sustained pledges to slow global warming remains, and Biden used the global platform to reiterate on Monday that he can advance the cleaner energy transition with American union workers.
That promise has been challenged by Republicans and others who find that the solar market in particular still relies on materials from abroad. In 2000, China produced almost zero of the world's solar systems. By 2012 it produced 60% and is now the world's dominant manufacturer.
Some workers in traditional fossil fuel jobs have said they are concerned about training efforts or relocations as they are facing off on well-paid oil
and natural gas
Jobs in the field of renewable energies.
According to a study by Brookings, clean energy jobs are better paid than a typical US job, up to 25% more, or about $ 2 to 5 more per hour. But oil jobs, according to the U.S. Energy and Employment Report around 40% above median, and mining jobs at drilling sites are nearly double the national median, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
E2 research shows that there are at least some clean energy jobs in all 435 US Congressional districts. Seventy-nine counties have more than 10,000 clean energy jobs. Clean energy accounts for more than 1 in 100 jobs in 433 districts, while it accounts for 1 in 25 jobs in 33 districts.
There are around 2.4 million clean energy jobs outside of major cities and urban areas, with nearly 1.2 million in rural and predominantly rural areas. In fact, suburban counties make up five of the top 10 districts with the highest density of clean workplaces, and rural counties make up four of the top 10 districts.
The jobs covered for the report focused on both the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.
This analysis defines employment in the field of clean energy as jobs in the fields of solar energy, wind energy, combined heat and power, bioenergy, wood-free biomass, environmentally friendly hydropower, geothermal energy, clean vehicle technologies, clean energy storage, smart grid, microgrid, grid modernization, and advanced biofuels Energy efficiency including EnergyStar and high efficiency appliances, efficient lighting, HVAC, renewable heating and cooling, and advanced building materials.
It does not include jobs in retail, repair services, water or waste management, or in indirect or induced employment.