U.S. clean energy and transportation job creation declined 40% in 2014, and the number of new projects tracked by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) fell 35%, a development the organization attributed to “ongoing uncertainty over public policy at both the federal and state levels, coupled with the expiration of beneficial tax policies.”
The country added nearly 47,000 clean energy and transportation jobs across more than 170 projects n 2014, compared to 78,000 jobs and 260 projects in 2013.
“The clean energy revolution continues,” said Executive Director Bob Keefe. “The one place in the country that doesn’t seem to get it is Congress. Instead of sitting on Capitol Hill endlessly debating new ways to prop up coal, oil, and other dirty energy companies, lawmakers ought to actually look at what’s happening in their states and quit stalling on smart policies that will keep clean energy working for all of America.”
Nevada, California, and New York saw the most new job announcements, and E2 singled out advanced vehicles as a sector that had a strong year.