Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Economic and Job Growth Starts with Policy

Energy
Economic and Job Growth Starts with Policy

Pew Environment Group

In lieu of federal action, states are adopting energy policies that create jobs and attract private investment. These activities are as varied as the states themselves, but they all have common goals—spurring economic and job growth while improving energy security and the environment. Businesses that operate within the clean energy economy are speaking out for America’s need for national clean energy policy, underscoring Pew’s research, which demonstrates that policy does matter. On this interactive map you can click on states to see which of four common policies each state has already implemented and learn what businesses in that state are saying.

Globally, the clean energy economy is growing rapidly but the growth has not been even across nations. Pew’s research shows that nations with clear, consistent and ambitious clean energy policies attract greater private investment. As the U.S. persists without a domestic energy plan, we continue to see declines in clean energy investment and our ranking in the clean energy race.

Still, there is immense opportunity. With the global clean power market having the potential to reach $2.3 trillion by 2020, a strong competitive position is vital for the U.S. to capture a significant portion of that revenue. However, without national energy policy providing market certainty, the U.S. risks missing out on a significant economic opportunity.

Learn more with our interactive map by clicking here.

Milkyway from Segara Anak - Rinjani Mountain. Abdul Azis / Moment / Getty Images

By Dirk Lorenzen

2021 begins as a year of Mars. Although our red planetary neighbor isn't as prominent as it was last autumn, it is still noticeable with its characteristic reddish color in the evening sky until the end of April. In early March, Mars shines close to the star cluster Pleiades in the constellation Taurus.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

By Michael Svoboda, Ph.D.

Despite a journey to this moment even more treacherous than expected, Americans now have a fresh opportunity to act, decisively, on climate change.

The authors of the many new books released in just the past few months (or scheduled to be published soon) seem to have anticipated this pivotal moment.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Marsh Creek in north-central California is the site of restoration project that will increase residents' access to their river. Amy Merrill

By Katy Neusteter

The Biden-Harris transition team identified COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change as its top priorities. Rivers are the through-line linking all of them. The fact is, healthy rivers can no longer be separated into the "nice-to-have" column of environmental progress. Rivers and streams provide more than 60 percent of our drinking water — and a clear path toward public health, a strong economy, a more just society and greater resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis.

Read More Show Less
A Brood X cicada in 2004. Pmjacoby / CC BY-SA 3.0

Fifteen states are in for an unusually noisy spring.

Read More Show Less
A creative depiction of bigfoot in a forest. Nisian Hughes / Stone / Getty Images

Deep in the woods, a hairy, ape-like man is said to be living a quiet and secluded life. While some deny the creature's existence, others spend their lives trying to prove it.

Read More Show Less