Millions of Good Jobs: A plan for economic renewal

Ben Beachy, Sierra Club, Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts Amherst & Shouvik Chakraborty, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A new economic analysis from the Political Economy Research Institute shows that with a bold stimulus plan, we could provide family-sustaining jobs for over 9 million people every year for the next 10 years while building an economy that fosters cleaner air and water, higher wages, healthier communities, greater equity, and a more stable climate. That includes supporting over 1 million manufacturing jobs each year. The 9 million jobs per year include:​

  • 4.6 million jobs per year to upgrade our infrastructure for clean water, clean transportation, and clean energy;
  • 3.2 million jobs per year to expand renewable energy;
  • Over 700,000 jobs per year to increase energy efficiency; and
  • Over 500,000 jobs per year to restore our lands and invest in regenerative agriculture.

This plan also would put the U.S. on a path to reduce climate pollution 45% by 2030, while putting people back to work. Here are a few specific examples:

  • To bolster our transition to a 100% clean energy economy, stimulus investments could help many of the 600,000 unemployed clean energy workers get their jobs back, while over 190,000 unemployed oil and gas workers could be employed each year to close orphaned oil and gas wells.
  • A program to exchange gas guzzlers for affordable, clean electric vehicles would yield over 635,000 jobs each year – nearly the entire population of Detroit – including over 77,000 good manufacturing jobs to produce the vehicles and components.
  • Nearly 400,000 workers could be employed annually to upgrade every public housing unit, school, hospital, and municipal building in the nation to support healthier living conditions, lower energy bills, and reduced pollution.
  • Over 350,000 workers could be employed each year to replace lead pipes and secure clean drinking water.
  • Over 225,000 people could be employed each year to protect our wetlands and forests and shield communities from toxic pollution by restoring depleted ecosystems and polluted Superfund, Brownfield, and coal mine sites.

Full report linked on this resource page; you can view the Executive Summary here.

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