Statement from E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2020) – Tonight, President Trump will deliver his State of the Union speech with a strong emphasis on the economy and the nation’s energy sector.

Following is a statement from Bob Keefe, E2 executive director:

“It’s great that the president plans to continue to focus on the economy and creating jobs – because there’s no bigger or more promising job-creator in America right now than clean energy. Nearly 3.3 million Americans now work in clean energy. That’s more jobs than there are in fossil fuels, real estate, banking – and clean energy jobs are growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy.”

“We hope President Trump will keep these good-paying blue-collar jobs growing by unleashing the opportunities that come with smart clean energy policies, instead of continuing to roll back such policies.”

In April, E2 plans to release its annual Clean Jobs America report detailing clean energy jobs – renewables, energy efficiency, storage, clean vehicles and other sectors – in every state in America. The report builds on E2’s extensive work tracking clean energy jobs in America, which you can find at www.e2.org/reports/.

Additional background from Clean Jobs America 2019:

Fastest Job-Growing States for Clean Energy

  • Nevada – 32.43% growth
  • Kentucky – 7.15% growth
  • Oklahoma – 7.1% growth
  • Pennsylvania – 6.03% growth
  • Kansas – 5.5% growth

Fastest Growing Clean Energy Sectors

  • Clean Vehicles: 15.4% job growth
  • Energy Storage: 14.4%
  • Wind energy: 4% job growth
  • Energy Efficiency: 3.4 % job growth
  • Grid Modernization: 3% job growth

Total Clean Energy Jobs: 3,264,383

  • Energy Efficiency – 2,324,865 jobs
  • Renewable Energy – 508,484 jobs
  • Solar Energy – 334,992 jobs
  • Clean Vehicles – 253,599 jobs
  • Wind Energy – 111,166 jobs
  • Clean Storage – 74,569 jobs
  • Grid Modernization – 64,377 jobs

For more info, please contact Michael Timberlake at (202) 289-2407 or mtimberlake@e2.org.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see www.e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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