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Climate Change Is Looming. But America Has Lost 600,000 Clean Energy Jobs

“The United States shed more than half a million clean energy jobs in March and April, a new report says, reversing years of growth in an industry that has helped reduce lung-damaging air pollution and the emissions responsible for climate change.

Clean energy employment has fallen by 17% since the coronavirus brought much of daily life to a screeching halt, according to unemployment data analyzed by BW Research and published Wednesday by advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs. The numbers are especially grim in California, where 105,000 clean energy workers have lost their jobs, more than any other state.

Los Angeles County lost nearly 15,000 clean energy jobs in April alone, 2 ½ times as many as any other U.S. county.”

Sammy Roth reports for the Los Angeles Times May 13, 2020.


“Virus Guts U.S. Clean-Energy Jobs Gained Since ‘17, Report Says” (Bloomberg)