A new study suggests that Republican strongholds in the United States, including Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma, could gain hundreds of thousands of jobs in the clean-energy sector as the country moves towards a net-zero economy.
The study indicates that the employment opportunities in low-carbon industries would outweigh the job losses in regions rich in fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and gas.
The research, which uses modelling techniques, reveals that the nationwide energy sector’s total employment could double or even triple by 2050, driven by the demand for wind turbines, solar panels, and transmission lines.
The findings highlight the potential economic benefits of the clean-energy transition and challenge the traditional notion that such shifts lead to significant job losses.
However, the authors emphasize the importance of ensuring a just transition for communities heavily dependent on fossil fuels.