Report: Green Jobs Growing in US

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Based on a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation and the United Auto Workers union, over 155,000 American workers are employed thanks to green technology.

A study conducted jointly by the National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council and the United Auto Workers union have found that there are over 155,000 American workers currently employed as a result of green technology. The study was dubbed "Supplying Ingenuity: U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies" which stressed the need to develop advanced technologies, materials and methods of production in order to build vehicles capable of meeting emissions standards as a major contributor in creating jobs.

The automotive industry currently employs around 700,000 workers in the United States with over 427,000 at created at suppliers, which are growing in number due to demand for more fuel efficient vehicles. The study also found that 43 states currently house over 300 manufacturers that either develop or supply components for advanced internal combustion engines, hybrid powertrains and plug-in EV's. Overall, the report indicates that most states (including the District of Columbia) have facilities that produce clean vehicle technologies.

According to UAW vice president Cindy Estrada, "The employment benefits flowing from increases to vehicle fuel efficiency will be widespread." With a growing demand for EV's such as the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt, there should be no shortage of green work in the states.

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