For too long, we’ve listened to policymakers in Washington, D.C., Jefferson City and Topeka tell us policies to reduce carbon emissions are “job killers.” The Clean Jobs Midwest report and the strong job growth in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors proves otherwise.
Kansas has more than 27,000 jobs in the clean energy sector with a projected growth of 2.3 percent employment over the next 12 months, but the state is lagging behind others in the region. “Clean Jobs Midwest” highlighted the clean energy employment sector in 12 Midwestern states. Overall, the region reported almost 569,000 jobs, with projected employment growth of 4.4 percent.
Think about the Midwest and you might think corn or cows or car manufacturing. Here’s what you should also think: Clean energy. A comprehensive new analysis by Clean Energy Trust (CET), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and partners across 12 states shows that the Midwest has become a clean energy jobs powerhouse in recent years. About 569,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy in the states stretching from the Dakotas to Ohio.