This opinion piece was written for Earthjustice and is reprinted here with permission.
This is great news for every American who breathes, and I’ve yet to meet one who doesn’t.
A part of this story you may not have heard about is how many jobs will be produced in cleaning up mostly older power plants.
According to the new report New Jobs - Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules, the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found significant employment benefits under the new toxic air and pollution transport rules for power plants:
The power sector will invest almost $200 billion in capital improvements over the next five years, total employment created by these capital investments is estimated at 1.46 million jobs, or about 290,000 jobs on average in each of the next five years.
Installing modern pollution controls and building new power plants create a wide array of skilled, high-paying installation, construction and professional jobs, as well as jobs at companies that manufacture pollution controls and other required construction/maintenance equipment.
Among the states that will see the biggest job gains from this construction activity are Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, North Carolina and Indiana.
To see estimates of new jobs by state, view these background sheets by the investor group Ceres: Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio , Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia.
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