Clean Energy Economy
The Clean Energy Economy is a concept that brings together three overlapping themes: Clean Energy Technology, Jobs Creation, and Climate Change policy. The term was defined in 2009 by EuroStat <ref>Eurostat is the European Official Statistics Agency</ref>and the Pew Charitable Trust, but the idea has its roots at the Center for American Progress in the 1990s. It was later referenced by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and by the Brookings Institute in its 2011 report, "Sizing the Clean Energy Economy"<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>. It is considered to be different than the "Green jobs" economy because it is focused more specifically on the renewable energy and energy efficiency job market, and the broader economic impacts that arise from linking economic growth with non-fossil fuel sources. It is essentially the positive way to say "decarbonizing the economy".
The total size of the clean energy economy is debated between proponents and detractors. Advocates of the Clean Energy Economy include Governor Inslee of Washington State. Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy is a book co-authored by Inslee and Bracken Hendricks in 2008. Ron Simmons of the Seattle Times notes that the authors "want a comparably audacious campaign to end our dependence on foreign oil and to head off disastrous climate change"<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>.
Critics of the idea contend that it is more hype that reality and point to the need for government incentives<ref>Template:Cite news</ref>. Proponents counter that the policy shifts are needed to place clean energy on the same economic footing as fossil fuels, which, they argue, have had decades of government subsidies.
In 2011 the size of the clean energy economy was estimated to include 2.7 Million jobs in the US. Research and advocacy groups such as World Resource Institute (WRI) have attempted to estimate the total size of the clean energy economy<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>.
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