But what will those “jobs, jobs, jobs” look like? Although the investment in combating climate change will inevitably lead to more new jobs, many existing jobs — in the fossil fuel industry, for example — will begin to trickle away.
But it’s not a zero sum game, as many of the “new” jobs will require workers with experience in the “old” industries in order to be successful.
- Plugging defunct oil and gas wells
- Reclaiming abandoned coal mines
- Installing solar panels
- Car charging port mechanic
- Electric retrofitting
- Wind turbine mechanic
- Water treatment supervisor
- Battery technician
- Electric vehicle mechanic
- Electric truck driver
- Drone pilot
- Smart window installer
- Deploying carbon-free electricity generating resources
- Retrofitting homes and commercial buildings
Biden’s vision for green jobs
Biden specifically focused on job opportunities on the second day of the summit, saying, “Today’s final session is not about the threat that climate change poses, it’s about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides.”
But getting there won’t be easy.
CNN’s Matt Egan, Holmes Lybrand and Ronald Brownstein contributed to this report.
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