Climate Protection Jobs Study

"Connecticut's Clean Energy Future: Climate goals and employment benefits" (rev. May 2016, PDF)

Read our op-ed: "Let's Build CT's Clean Energy Future - Today" (CT Mirror, July 2016)

The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, in partnership with the Labor Network for Sustainability and Synapse Energy Economics, has released this new report on the potential benefits of aggressive climate protection policies for Connecticut.

As the new Governor’s Council on Climate Change prepares to develop a new climate change action plan to achieve the state’s mandated goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2001 levels by 2050, this new report brings the good news that the goal “is not only feasible but will also increase jobs and strengthen our economy in the process.”

The Clean Energy Future plan will produce more than 6700 new CT jobs per year over business-as-usual projections through 2050.  Two-thirds of the jobs created will be in the high-wage construction and manufacturing sectors.

Connecticut is often told that if we do our share to save the planet we will threaten our workers’ jobs.  This report refutes that claim and declares that "Connecticut can start moving now to gain its share of the benefits of the Clean Energy Future. What are we waiting for?"

The CT report draws upon a national study released in October.

National study: "The Clean Energy Future: Protecting the Climate, Creating Jobs, and Saving Money" (rev. May 2016)

CT AFL-CIO resolution on Gov's Council and CT jobs study (Oct 2015, PDF)

Discussion Paper: "A Jobs-Friendly Climate Change Action Plan for Connecticut" (June 2015)

John Harrity, Machinists UnionRep. James Albis

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