Diane Pham

How Many Green Jobs Make Up Today's Economy?

by , 08/14/10
filed under: Green Talks, Policy

Where are all the green jobs? The government has been trying to quantify today’s emerging green economy, and while we’re glad that the figures appear to be on the rise, we can’t help but wonder how accurate the accounts really are. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2007 showed green products and services made up between 1% and 2% of the U.S. economy — that translates into 1.8-2.4 million jobs in the private sector. While indisputably a sizable number in an ailing economy, it’s really that huge gap that’s got us wondering what’s going on. Why such a range? Not surprisingly, it turns out that deciding what qualifies as green in the economy isn’t a straightforward answer — because while nuclear power gets the grade for some, oddly enough, bicycles aren’t considered as eco-friendly for others. If you’re as confused as we are, read ahead for some additional insight!

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