Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential primary contender Mitt Romney scoffed Wednesday night at what he says is a lack of clean energy jobs, arguing for increased oil production as a way to create job growth.
During the Republican debate between primary contenders, Romney advocated for expanding oil and coal production as a means to boost the economy and scoffed, “[Obama] keeps talking about green jobs, where are they?”
The answer: Right in front of ya, Mitt.
Clean energy positions already account for nearly 2.7 million jobs in the American economy—that’s more than the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel sector employs—according to a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP). Additionally, the clean energy sector—which continues a rapid 8.3% growth rate—pays well too. The median wage for clean energy workers is 13% higher than the U.S. economy’s average, with nearly half of the positions requiring only a high school degree.
Clearly, Romney needs to take a second look at the clean energy sector.