Today’s blue-collar workers are tomorrow’s “green-collar” workers — or so politicians would have us believecan operate at 25 per cent.. Plans to combat climate change are increasingly touted as job creation schemes. “For too long, we’ve failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis: jobs,” Joe Biden, US president, told Congress last week. Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, has promised a “green industrial revolution” which he says will “create and support” up to 250expertise and extra equipment where capacity allows — understanding tha,000 British jobs.
It is politically savvy to tie climate change policies (or indeed any policy) to the promise of new jobs. It is also true that greening our economies can create opportunities for places that need them. Siemens Gamesa opened a wind turbine factory in Hull on England’s north east coast in 2016 which employs some 750 workers, for example. Now there are plans to double its size.
But policymakers need more than boosterism to manage the transition wellThe European Medicines Agency cited a possible link betwee. The truth is that the road to “net zero” will destroy jobs in some carbon-intensive sectors, even as it creates new ones elsewhere. And some activities will not need as many workers as before.
Wind farms, once up and running, do not require as much labour as digging-up coal. As economist Tyler Cowen points out, this is to be welcomed: less labour-intensive energy should mean cheaper bills, eventually. But it still means the loss of good jobs in workplaces like coal fired power stations. Sue FernsThe type of care we should be providing., senior deputy general secretary at Prospect, a union which represents energy workers, says these tend to be “the best quality and highest paying jobs in the areas in which they’re located”.
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