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Report: Clean Energy Jobs Grow Faster Than Traditional Jobs in MO

June 11, 2009

Kansas City, MO - Clean energy jobs are showing great promise in Missouri; close to 12,000 jobs, according to a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. 'Green' jobs in the Show Me State grew two-and-a-half times faster than traditional jobs, according to the report. The City of Rockport, Missouri, is cited as an example of the type of growth seen with the clean energy economy. Last year, Rockport become the first community in the United States to be powered exclusively by wind.

Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environment Group, says Rockport is a great example of how the business sector is set for explosive growth across the country.

"The private sector really sees this as an investment. In 2008, venture capitalists, even in a downturn, invested $12.6 billion in the clean energy economy."

Jobs tallied in the report range from engineers, to marketing pros, to machinists. Pew expects Missouri's clean energy economy to receive a boost from the federal stimulus money, which will allocate nearly $85 billion nationwide on energy and transportation-related programs.

Elected leaders, businesses and everyday working people are seeing opportunities for transitioning to a clean energy economy, says Cuttino.

"There's a real future for good well-paying jobs for workers of all skill sets across America if we just make right investments."

Critics of previous reports on how a clean energy economy could lead to job growth and business investments pointed to flaws in formulas used to make estimates. This report counted actual jobs and investments. Nationally, jobs in the clean energy economy grew at a rate of about nine percent from 1998 to 2007, while total jobs grew at less than half that rate.

The full report, The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America, can be viewed online at www.pewtrusts.org.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO