Jobs vs. environment

After fossil fuels, what happens to the workers?

By: Sami Grover

September 13, 2015


As more and more coal jobs become a thing of the past, environmentalists and political leaders are seeking ways to ease the transition. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A little while back, I wrote about an interesting study for TreeHugger. Despite all of the anti-environmentalist rhetoric pitching the jobs vs. environment dichotomy, the basic finding was that the decline in U.S. coal was bringing a net growth in jobs. Digging a little deeper, however, there was a potentially disturbing underlying trend: The regions where coal jobs are being lost are not the same regions benefiting from renewables and other clean-tech growth.

And it looks like this trend will continue. Read more.