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Romney Scoffs at 2.7 Million Clean Energy Jobs

08 Sep 2011  |   Emma Brown

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.

View CAP’s full breakdown on the clean energy jobs sector.



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