Friday, 17 June 2011

Via Sullivan - Solar Beats Steel

Hat tip to the Daily Dish

Climate Progress has the following headline: 'Green Jobs Are Real: German and American Solar Industry Both Employ More People Than U.S. Steel Production'

People want to know: Are green jobs real? The answer is resoundingly “yes.”

With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 9,200 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector, according to 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country’s industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy.

Well, hot damn! Here's that green and sunny boom in chart form (again, hat tip to Andrew Sullivan):

All in all, solar is looking better and better, not just from a green point of view, but in terms of providing a potential booming sector for skilled labor (solar installation is a step up from roofing - it requires a bit of technical knowledge).

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