Climate Power, a strategic communication firm, estimates that more than 100,000 jobs have been created in the United States since President Jo Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) became law in August 2022. Climate Power was founded by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club. https://climatepower.us/about/
“Companies are racing forward with massive investments to build our clean energy future. New manufacturing in wind, solar, batteries, and electric vehicles — along with storage projects across the country — mean new, good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans,” the firm said in a press release.
Climate Power said the jobs were for electricians, mechanics, construction workers, technicians, support staff, and others. “The Made in America clean energy boom is just getting started,” the report said.
Clean Power said that clean energy projects creating 109,379 new jobs in 33 states were announced or advanced between August 16, 2022 and January 31, 2023. As of January 31, 2023, there are 126 new clean energy projects in small towns and bigger cities nationwide totalling $193.3 billion in new investments. The plans include battery manufacturing sites, expanded electric vehicle manufacturing facilities and the installation of wind and solar plants. The bulk of projects are in Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.
The report cited a study by the BlueGreen Alliance and the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that estimated 9 million clean energy and climate-related jobs will be created over the next decade by Biden’s legislation.
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