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Jobs Report

Mobilizing for a zero carbon America: Jobs, jobs, jobs, and more jobs

By Saul Griffith, Sam Calisch, and Alex Laskey, July 2020

Based on an extensive industrial and engineering analysis, our new report demonstrates that an aggressive national commitment to electrify all aspects of our economy would create up to 25 million good-paying American jobs over the next 15 years and 5 million sustained jobs by mid-century. This is the first analysis of the job opportunities that would result from a rapid and total decarbonization of the economy as a whole. Unlike other approaches, which tend to see climate change policy as primarily environmental in nature, the study also imagines the electrification of America as fundamentally infrastructure designed to power America and its economy in the 21st century.

FAQs

  • What types of jobs do we expect to create?
    All types. We imagine that the largest sectors will be Electricity Supply, Commercial, Transportation, and Finance, but this plan also creates millions of jobs in Education, R&D, Residential, and elsewhere.
  • Where will these jobs be located?
    Everywhere. Building a truly 21st grid will result in millions of Made-in-America, well-paying, outsource proof jobs distributed across every zip code in the country.

Endorsements

  • Sen. Brian Schatz
    Sen. Brian Schatz

    D-Hawaii

    "This important study shows that climate action can create millions of well-paying American jobs. Decarbonization is an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize American industry and grow our economy. We just need the political courage to seize it."

  • Carol Browner
    Carol Browner

    Former EPA Administrator

    "Climate change is an existential threat to our health and communities…Rewiring America provides a blueprint for reducing climate change pollution and creating good-paying jobs. It is an important contribution to the work we urgently need to be doing."

  • Niskanen Center
    Niskanen Center

    Joseph Majkut, Director of Climate Policy

    "Rewiring America asks the bold question of what it would mean if we made building a clean economy, as fast as possible, our national project. The results should surprise, provoke, and inspire."

Media coverage

  • New York Times
    New York Times

    Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico

    Guest Essay: Your Next Car and Clothes Dryer Could Help Save Our Planet

    "Rewiring America’s road map will create, among other things, as many as 25 million new, good-paying jobs at the peak of this effort to switch to clean energy. Those jobs will be spread across the country."

  • Vox
    Vox

    Ezra Klein

    How to Decarbonize America — and Create 25 Million Jobs

    "Griffith worked with economists to come up with an estimate of how many new jobs this kind of mobilization could create: 25 million over the next five years, they found...Griffith’s plan is just about the boldest I’ve seen — and there are real questions about whether our political system is up for the task. But those are, crucially, political questions; part of answering them is showing that they can be answered, and in ways that make working Americans better off rather than worse."

  • Marketplace
    Marketplace

    David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon

    Decarbonization Can Fix the Jobs Crisis and the Climate Crisis, Scientist Says

    "[Saul Griffith is] co-author of a new report with the nonprofit Rewiring America that finds that completely decarbonizing the U.S. economy would create many more jobs than would be lost — as many as 25 million more jobs in the near-term, as we overhaul our infrastructure, and then 5 million more energy jobs than we have today in perpetuity."