23 Aug '11, 12pm

The Green Economy Is Growing, It's Inevitable : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

The Green Economy Is Growing, It's Inevitable : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

In July, the Brookings Institution released a report detailing the extent of the green economy. Some 2.7 million Americans work at green jobs - more than work in the fossil fuel industry. The US Conference of Mayors estimates that number will almost triple by 2040 . And green jobs are quality jobs. Median wages are 13 percent higher than the median - and they're available to more Americans who have a high school degree. Investment in clean energy projects yields more than three times as many jobs as investing in fossil fuels. Even so, there is a lot of room for growth. Back in 2008, we argued that the green economy held great promise - and could grow to scale if Congress acted boldly. Had Congress passed comprehensive climate legislation, for example, or if they'd enacted the HOME STAR program. Neither of which happened. If they had, millions more Americans would be at wor...

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