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The USA New Green Deal Will Create Over 18 Million Jobs

Dr. Roger H. Bezdek

Summary:

In the USA and other nations there is intense interest in the Green New Deal (GND) and its jobs implications. However, there has not be a comprehensive analysis of the potential jobs impacts of the GND. This paper remedies this deficiency and provides estimates of the jobs likely to be created by the GND in the USA, including jobs in the manufacturing sector. We first estimate the current size of the green industry in the USA and find that it totals $640 billion in industry sales and 7.8 million jobs. We estimate that the GND would total $2.5 trillion and would generate more than 18.3 additional million jobs throughout the economy. Of these, 2.25 million would be green manufacturing jobs. The GND jobs are concentrated within a number of sectors, including manufacturing and professional, information, and scientific and technical services. Thus, not only is the relationship between the GND and jobs positive, but the types of jobs created are disproportionately scientific, professional, technical, high-skilled, manufacturing, and high-wage jobs – the very types of jobs highly sought after.

This paper, which was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Renewable Resources, can be found online at https://www.misi-net.com/publications/JESRR-V2N1.pdf.

Dr. Roger H. Bezdek is President of Management Information Services, Inc.

June 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Trump’s EPA Takes Away State And Tribal Rights To Protect Their Own Water” • The US EPA has issued a rule that limits states’ and Indigenous tribes’ authority to protect the water within their own borders from federally authorized destructive projects such as oil and gas pipelines, hydropower dams, and wetland fills. [CleanTechnica]

The EPA is stripping away environmental safeguards. (NRDC via Twitter)

  • “Halifax Aims To Add 210 Electric Buses In Next 8 Years” • The Halifax Regional Municipality in Canada is getting more serious about climate action and stopping air pollution. Halifax has plans to put $780 million into getting the 210 electric buses onto the road and 3 new ferry routes into service by 2028, according to The ChronicleHerald. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Germany Raises Offshore Wind Power Goal To 40 GW In 20 Years” • The German Cabinet has passed a bill that would set a goal of 40 GW of offshore wind power capacity installation by 2040, marking a surge of almost five-fold. It would increase capacity to 15 GW by 2030. The German offshore wind capacity is currently 7.5 GW. [Saurenergy]
  • “US Ranks 24th On Environmental Performance” • The US now ranks 24th in the world environmental performance, and the country is far behind other industrialized nations, according to a new analysis by Yale and Columbia universities. Denmark came in first place, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland. The UK ranked fourth. [The Guardian]
  • “Encore Renewable Starts Second Solar Project For Vermont Public Power Supply Authority” • The Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy announced that construction has begun on a solar array on land currently used for corn silage in Morrisville. Encore is evaluating pollinator-friendly wildflower groundcover. [Solar Builder]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Reminder! Congressman Welch & Town Energy Committee Conversation — June 5 at noon!

 

We wanted to send a quick reminder of the great opportunity coming this Friday, June 5, from noon-1 p.m.!

Please join a conversation with Congressman Peter Welch! This virtual meeting will be a good chance for the Congressman to share an update on what’s happening (or not) at the federal level, hear success stories, ideas and goals of local energy leaders and answer questions.

Please mark your calendar and RSVP here today!

You’re encouraged to submit any questions you might have for the Congressman in advance too. Please do that when you RSVP.

As always, thanks for ALL you do – and in advance for joining Congressman Peter Welch for a conversation about opportunities to support and strengthen (local) energy innovation in Vermont.

Enjoy your weekend!

Best,
Johanna

June 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Oil & Gas Industry Doesn’t Have A Bright Future” • The oil and gas industry has been in a recession, effectively since the global financial crisis 11 years ago. Each year, production volumes have increased by more than global demand, meaning that the market has been in decline, with lower prices for crude oil and natural gas the natural result. [CleanTechnica]

Fully loaded oil tankers sitting idle, with nowhere to go (PO3 Aidan Cooney | USCG)

  • “Adani Chief Talks Solar And Hydrogen Storage Opportunity” • Covid-19 presents an opportunity to pause, rethink, and design a faster transition to a clean energy future, according to Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani. He pointed to a 99% drop in the cost of solar modules over a 40 year period, and said he expects the trend to continue. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “UK Electricity Coal Free For First Month Ever” • The UK’s electricity system had its “greenest” month ever and ran without coal-fired electricity for the full month of May. National Grid, the energy system operator, said the UK’s sunniest spring on record helped reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded. [The Guardian]
  • “State Now Has Plan For Climate Resilience” • In 2012, North Carolina passed a bill restricting the use of sea level rise data for regulatory purposes, which brought it criticism for “outlawing science.” Since that time, it has changed more than a little. This week it introduced what it calls its most comprehensive effort to address climate change. [Coastal Review Online]
  • “Oil Pipeline Projects Continue To Burden Landowners During Pandemic – Misuse Of Eminent Domain” • Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan is cutting a 400-mile line across the middle of Texas, digging up vast swaths of private land for its planned Permian Highway Pipeline. The project continues, through the pandemic, without health precautions. [CleanTechnica]

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We Stand in Solidarity

Green Energy Times Stands in Solidarity with Union of Concerned  Scientists

The protests that are sweeping the country are a direct response to the fact that racism is an inescapable reality in the United States. That these protests are happening right now, in the midst of a pandemic that places the protesters at risk from congregating, speaks to how deep the injustice is, and how urgent the need for change. The legacy of white supremacy continues to harm those of us who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or members of other racially marginalized groups.

And despite having a veneer of objectivity and impartiality, science is not immune.

Science is a powerful tool for solving problems and making people’s lives better. But it has been used to do harm and obstruct progress as well.

Most people have heard of the infamous example of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. In this 40-year study, Black men with syphilis were left untreated, without their informed consent and despite the availability of effective therapies, so that researchers could study the progress of the disease. This is but one example of how science has been used to justify white, European conquest for centuries and continues to this day.

Today’s protests aren’t just about the nine minutes that ex-Officer Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck ultimately leading to his death. They are about the thousands of other unarmed Black men, women, and children who have been needlessly killed by police or others with impunity. They’re about the 40 years of treating hundreds of Black men as guinea pigs in the name of science. And they’re about the 400-year old legacy of slavery and inequality in this country, which manifests itself in institutional and systemic racism in all aspects of modern life from access to housing, health care, food, economic opportunity, and beyond.

As an organization that works for a healthy planet and a safer world, we must address the reality that health and safety are enjoyed unequally across racial lines in our country. Ending these inequities must be an integral part of our mission and our daily work. And a commitment to facing facts means we must be willing to talk about racism explicitly, listen to those who’ve been hurt by it, take counsel from and show up as allies for those who are leading the fight against it, and confront it both in the world we seek to change and in our own institution, assumptions, and actions.

We stand in solidarity with the protesters and urge our supporters to do the same. We also recognize the additional risks protesters are incurring in the midst of a pandemic, and we strongly encourage all to protect their own health and the health of their loved ones at home by maintaining a safe distance from one another and wearing masks and gloves at all times, so that this important act of protest does not result in more sickness and death from the virus.

If you haven’t already, seek out and support local organizers and organizations in your community who are doing critical work on racial equity, environmental justice, voting access, and more. Not sure where to start? Here are some groups that can be a launching point:

As an organization, we are also continuously working to advance our own internal racial equity as an integral part of working  to achieve our mission. We acknowledge that our progress is slow and that we have more work to do, even within our own organization. Below are some resources that some of our staff have found useful.

You can also explore how bias plays out in your own life, as it does with all of us, by taking this test on implicit bias designed by a cross-disciplinary group of researchers.

If you identify as white and haven’t yet explored issues of privilege, we suggest the podcast series Seeing White from the Center on Documentary Studies at Duke University, or watch this video series on systemic racism from our colleagues at Race Forward.

Sincerely,
Katy Love
Katy Love
Online Engagement Manager
Union of Concerned Scientists

June 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “SpaceX Crew Dragon Gets To The ISS, But What About Doing It With Renewable Energy?” • SpaceX and NASA launched two astronauts to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Calculations show that we could turn water into rocket fuel sufficient for a Shuttle launch using a month’s wind power from a small wind farm at a cost of about $285,000. [CleanTechnica]

May 30 SpaceX launch (Daniel Oberhaus, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Plunging Cost Of Wind And Solar Marks Turning Point In Energy Transition: IRENA” • Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, as it is increasingly cheaper to build solar or wind farms than to run existing coal plants, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows. [Reuters]
  • “EPA Mounts A New Strike On States’ Rights, This Time To Boost Pipeline Companies” • As chaos grips the nation, the EPA is changing water permitting rules to make it harder for states to block construction of fossil fuel pipelines. The EPA’s new rule prohibits regulators from factoring in a project’s impacts on climate change. [Huffpost]
  • “Energy Efficiency Is Cheaper Than Gas” • Energy efficiency programs save money and ease the effects of climate change. They also generate high-quality jobs. Efficiency accounted for nearly half of the energy industry’s overall net of new jobs in 2019, and it employs twice as many US workers as the entire fossil fuel industry. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Cities Need More Expertise And Utility Support In 100% Renewables Push: Report” • A report says greenhouse gas emissions are “rising at an unprecedented rate,” and with the federal government largely taking a back-seat in the fight against climate change, it is up to state and city governments to do much of the heavy lifting. [Smart Cities Dive]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

REV2020 – RFP Deadline Extended to June 10

Calling Renewable Energy Experts! 

The REV2020 Call for Proposals deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 10. Sieze this opportunity to engage with other leading figures in the renewable energy sector and gain valuable exposure for your ideas.

Virtual sessions scheduled September through January will feature keynotes, panel discussions and networking opportunities. New this year, focused working groups of participants and area specialists will investigate and make recommendations about the role that renewable energy can and should play in the 2021 legislative session, the ongoing coronavirus response and with regulatory agencies.

As a courtesy, selected speakers will receive a 50% discount on early-bird registration.

Don’t delay! Click the button below to learn how your ideas and expertise can help lead the discussion at this distinguished event.

Submissions due Wednesday, June 10th.  

June 1 Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Empire State Building Reduces Carbon Emissions By 40% With Energy Saving Upgrades” • When it was built, during the depression, the Empire State Building projected a message of hope by keeping every room lit for all to see. Today, the energy retrofits the building has had reduce its emissions, enough to show a new hope for the future. [CleanTechnica]

Empire State Building (Image credit: esbnyc.com)

  • “Cities ‘Could Generate Hundreds Of Times More Solar Power Than They Do Today’” • While applauding the rooftop solar progress of dozens of cities, a report from Environment Texas offers policy options for further progress. Per capita solar leaders are Honolulu, San Diego, Albuquerque, San Jose and Burlington, Vermont. [pv magazine USA]
  • “What Will Coronavirus Do To Renewable Energy?” • Before the Covid-19 pandemic, renewable energy was growing, but not fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s carbon reduction goals, let alone to deal with climate change. Now, the economic shock of Covid-19 is slowing the growth of renewables, at least temporarily. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]
  • “How Cities Might Change If We Worked From Home More” • Many people now work from home. Major tech companies say they are open to their staff working from home permanently. Employees are coming to realize remote working is not only possible but, in some cases, preferable. A shift to a new way of working might already be under way. [BBC]
  • “Edgewater Coal Plant Closure Signals A Move Towards Renewable Energy” • By the end of 2022, Alliant Energy, based in Madison, Wisconsin, will shutter the Edgewater coal plant in Sheboygan. The company said in a press release that it hopes to transition to renewable energy, and avoid long-term costs for current customers. [Wisconsin Examiner]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Electric Bicycle Sales Blooming Since The Lockdown, Cities And Commuter Habits Shifting” • Cities are rethinking space and adding bicycle infrastructure continuously, and the pandemic presents an extra opportunity to reflect and take bolder action that some cities are seizing. Paris, Milan, and Brussels are among the examples. [CleanTechnica]

Cyclists in New York (Image: Bike New York via Twitter)

  • “Audi’s New ‘Mission:Zero’ – Protecting Natural Habitats & Biodiversity” • Audi has been a member of the “Biodiversity in Good Company” initiative for five years. Volkswagen Group has numerous projects to preserve biodiversity at Audi sites. The Audi Environmental Foundation has plans to expand that commitment to benefit biodiversity. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New-Wave Urban Farming” • People continue to lose their jobs amid pandemic, raising concerns about whether farmers and growers in the production chain can still get their supplies to market. The question also arises as to whether consumers can afford to buy them. Some people have been developing ideas to address food security. [Bangkok Post]
  • “Trump’s Fossil Fuel Agenda Gets Pushback From Federal Judges” • Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration, ruling that it has failed to protect the environment and address climate change. The latest ruling came when an appeals court refused to revive a permitting program for oil and gas pipelines. [Daily Rocket Miner]
  • “Inuit Communities Are Shaping Research Priorities” • In northern Canada, climate change can make travel on ice deadly. In Nunavut, the SmartICE research project integrates traditional ice knowledge with real-time data gathered from sensors out on the sea ice. SmartICE aims to make reliable maps of ice travel hazards, accessible by computer or smartphone. [Grist]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 30 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The World’s ‘Largest All-Electric Commercial Aircraft’ Has Completed Its First Flight” • The “largest all-electric commercial aircraft” completed its maiden flight. The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was flown at Moses Lake, Washington, and used a 750-horsepower all-electric motor developed by magniX, a company based in Redmond. [CNBC]

Electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (magniX image)

  • “EIA: US Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For The First Time In Over 130 Years” • In 2019, US annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded consumption of energy from coal for the first time since before 1885, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review. [Power Engineering Magazine]
  • “This Huge Natural Gas Company Looks To Power Operations With Solar Energy” • US natural gas processing and transmission firm Williams is looking to develop solar installations on land it owns close to its existing facilities to power its operations with electricity from solar energy. Williams owns and operates about 30,000 miles of pipelines. [OilPrice.com]
  • “UK EV Owners Got Paid To Charge Their Cars Over The Holiday Weekend” • In the UK, a bank holiday, sunny skies, and reduced demand due to the coronavirus pandemic left Octopus Energy, a UK utility that uses only renewable energy, with an oversupply. So, to use up excess electricity, it paid some lucky EV owners to charge their cars. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla Model 3 Is The Top Selling Car in California” • For the first time ever, the Tesla Model 3 was the top selling vehicle in California last quarter, a bit of a surprise. The Model 3 has often been in the top 5 in California, but decades-long leaders from Honda and Toyota, with the Civic, Accord, Corolla, and Camry, have been hard to pass. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.