The Hill: “Biden Makes Case That Climate, Labor Interests Can Go Hand in Hand as Auto Strike Fuels Attacks”
A story about the relationship between climate action and jobs quotes RFF Fellow Daniel Raimi, who references his recent work on the labor needs for clean energy.
The labor consequences of this are complicated — as some industries will see a decline, but others will grow. But the skills required for the clean energy jobs are not always directly transferable, and the locations where workers are needed may differ.
“On net, ambitious climate policies will probably create more jobs than they destroy, but that’s cold comfort if you’re working in a coal-fired power plant or producing oil in West Texas,” said Daniel Raimi, director of equity in the energy transition initiative at climate think tank Resources for the Future.
“Most clean energy workers are not going to be coming directly from the fossil fuel industry,” he added. “The geographies and the skills are not lined up very nicely to do that.”
Working Paper — Oct 25, 2022
Matching Geographies and Job Skills in the Energy Transition
This working paper develops and implements a tool to help policymakers understand the localized opportunities and challenges that the US energy workforce may face in the years ahead.
Press Release — Oct 25, 2022
Fossil-Fuel Workers Likely to Need New Skills in a Net-Zero Future, New Study Finds
A new paper from scholars at Resources for the Future and the University of Oxford finds that, on average, fossil fuel jobs require different skill sets than the high-paying jobs that are expected to grow in the coming decade.
On the Issues — Dec 8, 2023
On the Issues: Preserving Forests at COP28, Charging Electric Vehicles, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: preserving forests at COP28, charging electric vehicles, and more.