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Rebuilding the U.S. energy industry to substantially reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels may result in a net gain of 2 million jobs by 2050 while increasing disposable household income, according to a new study sponsored by a nonprofit that advocates clean energy.
The report, by the Virginia-based consulting firm ICF International, found that a large-scale shift to renewable sources for generating electricity could increase U.S. employment by 1 million jobs by 2030 and 2 million by 2050, even after accounting for job losses related to fossil fuels. The transition would also provide between $300 and $650 in additional disposable income per household annually in 2050, the report found.
Coal still provides about 40 percent of the world’s electricity, but it is “increasingly likely” that global consumption of the fossil fuel peaked in 2013, according to a new forecast based on recent trends in China, the world’s biggest coal consumer, and the 11 other largest users.
An analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis showed that worldwide coal consumption is likely to decline 2 to 4 percent in 2015, despite near decade-low coal prices. That’s on top of 2014’s 0.7 percent decline, estimated in BP’s World Energy Outlook.
In the wake of the Keystone XL decision, environmental activists are seizing the momentum by calling for the cancellation of another tar sands pipeline that has remained largely below the radar.
On Tuesday, local and national groups urged the Obama administration to reject Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion. The pipeline has a permit to carry 450,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to Superior, Wisc., but is effectively moving nearly twice that amount—800,000 barrels—because Enbridge has diverted the flow through another pipeline at the U.S.-Canada border.
Portland, Oregon took a step toward combatting climate change on Thursday when its leaders unanimously supported a resolution to actively oppose the local expansion of all new fossil fuel storage and transport.
Hailed as “historic” and “visionary” by climate campaigners, the resolution––passed by the mayor and four commissioners of Oregon’s largest city––is the latest in a series of major climate actions nationally.
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