Over the last year, green jobs have become a political punching bag. But in many states throughout the country the industry is gaining traction. In Massachusetts, more than 64,000 engineers, construction workers and entrepreneurs have found jobs in the sector. The Center for American Progress went to Massachusetts to learn how they're doing it, and to tell the real story about the clean energy economy.
Ontario's Provincial Tory Party Leader Tim Hudak has said if elected, he would scrap the Liberal party’s renewable energy initiatives.
The United States Department of Energy is rolling out two new fellowship programs to promote research in clean and renewable energy.
The Scottish government recently announced that it would aid in the creation of 22,000 new green jobs in the next four years.
The jobs will span manufacturing, scientific research, and innovation in both the renewable energy and carbon industries.
Appliance, equipment and lighting efficiency standards have generated about 340,000 jobs in the United States, or about 0.2 percent of the nation's employment in 2010, according to a report. Called Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards: A Money Maker and Job Creator, the report suggests that, by 2030, national standards will create another 40,000 jobs.