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While Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000

April 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed, losing nearly 50,000. During the same period, wind and solar added about 79,000 jobs and natural gas tacked on more than 94,000 jobs.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

The Job Creation Shuffle

February 18, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Energy and Employment

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment. But researchers who actually study employment are not on board.[read more]

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

February 11, 2015 by Peter Lehner

In some West Virginia and Kentucky counties, coal accounts for up to 40% of the workforce. Yet these coal-dependent counties also have some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the region. As we shift to cleaner sources of energy, we need to help communities make the transition successfully.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This is What I Hate About This Industry'

January 31, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Oil Price Collapse and the Energy Industry


The fallout from the trend of declining oil prices continues materializing in the energy industry on a daily basis – several companies have announced workforce reductions this week – and Baker Hughes is one of the latest to make that difficult decision.[read more]

National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector

December 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Industry and Minority Employment


It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce.[read more]

Coal Workers Deserve Green Jobs and a Clean Energy Future

November 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Several weeks ago, I attended a House hearing on “EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities.” There were a number of witnesses from coal industries, and the audience was populated mostly by coal workers wearing “End the War on Coal” t-shirts.[read more]

Energy Leveraging: An Explanation for China's Success and the World's Unemployment

December 7, 2012 by Gail Tverberg

If an employer wants to maximize profits, it will want to leverage its use of high-priced energy sources.  From an employer’s point of view, there are basically three kinds of energy, from most to least expensive:Human energyPetroleum energyEverything elseIf an employer wants to keep its costs low, it needs to minimize its use...[read more]