Throughout this troublesome economic period, an energy stimulus program built on the foundation of an Energy Jobs Coalition will promote the creation of new jobs, help protect American livelihoods and ensure the resilience of the country’s economic future. To learn more, read this opinion piece from The Hill, titled “How an energy jobs coalition can help the US economy bounce back.”
- The energy sector creates jobs. In the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, the energy and auto sectors created 10.7 percent of all new jobs since 2015, even though they only make up 5.4 percent of the total American workforce.
- With unemployment filings reaching nearly 10 million, it is clear the country is in the middle of an economic crisis
- Some of the programs supported by the Energy Jobs Coalition in a new stimulus package could:
- provide relief for low-income energy families through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other grants
- provide capital improvements to substantially increase energy-efficiency measures in public buildings
- support grid infrastructure modernization
- include clean energy industry creation through innovation and deployment investments
Path to 100% Perspective:
Energy should play a prominent role in the next COVID-19 stimulus package to promote long-term job creation and infrastructure development. Programs supported by an Energy Jobs Coalition in a new stimulus package will not only provide immediate energy relief for low-to-moderate income families right now, but also support investments in a clean-energy future. Creating an energy coalition allows key energy stakeholders to support American workers, the economy and the planet all at once.