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Replacing High Paying Oil Jobs With Clean Energy Jobs Is Not So Easy

Neil Edwards, on Forbes, outlines some of the barriers that exist in replacing oil jobs with clean energy jobs.

The C3 Take
  • Not only do clean energy jobs pay less than their oil and gas counterparts, but they are also short-term as well.
  • Instead of targetting the oil and gas sector, the Biden administration should look to innovate these energy sources to make them cleaner.
  • An all of the “above approach” to energy, that includes both fossil fuels and renewables, would create greater economic and environmental prosperity.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that solar power technicians make $43,000 and wind turbine technicians earn $53,000 annually. In other words, these new ‘high-paying jobs’ pay $60,000 to $70,000 less than their oil and gas counterparts. This is a significant wage gap to close by any standard.

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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