Good graphic out of Brown on value of renewables, in this case renewables construction jobs by district. It’s an economic win, being blocked by dirty fossil fuel industry politics. https://t.co/rlYk3Si9Px pic.twitter.com/xRP0igen8U
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) July 22, 2022
This interactive map will give you details on the number of jobs, traffic, electric savings, lives saved, along with types of jobs created. Give it a look.
How were these numbers calculated?
All the numbers on this site are estimates. We can’t know exactly how many jobs will be created or deaths will be avoided thirty years in the future. But we do have good data on how many people it takes to install a solar panel, and how pollution affects human health. Using these data, it’s possible to make projections about how moving towards net zero will create benefits for Americans.
The estimates we use are all based on publicly available scientific projections. They’re not always available at a local level, however, so we use various techniques to sort out where in America the benefits are likely to end up. The description below explains how we do that. We’re continuing to improve our methods, so if you have ideas on how we could do a better job, be in touch!
Renewable Job Impacts
Stanford University’s 100% Wind, Water, and Solar (WWS) Project (Jacobson et al. 2022) studies how the U.S. can make the transition to fully renewable power by 2050. As part of their study, they project how many long-term jobs will be created by building and operating new renewable energy infrastructure in every state (a “long-term” job is one that creates 40 years of employment). They also project the total amount of compensation these new jobs will earn in each state. The Jacobson et al. data include separate estimates for different kinds of renewable infrastructure (residential rooftop solar and offshore wind, for example, are likely to generate jobs in different places).
Much more at the link. I’m off for the day.
Consider this an open thread.