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The jobs impact of GHG reduction strategies in the USA

Published Online:pp 380-401https://doi.org/10.1504/IJGW.2014.066046

This paper estimates the economic and jobs impact of the USA displacing 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions annually by 2030 using energy efficiency and renewable energy. We assess the technologies deployed, their costs, and the necessary time frames. We then estimate the job impacts of the policy and find that it will generate more than 4.5 million net jobs. We disaggregate the jobs created by industry, occupation, skill, and salary, and discuss the policy implications of these findings. Our major conclusion is that climate mitigation initiatives can be a major net job creator for the USA.

Keywords

climate change mitigation, global warming jobs, GHG job impact, energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs, USA

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