Pallone Developing Legislation to Transition Displaced Fossil Fuel Workers Towards Clean Energy Jobs
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced his plans to develop legislation to help workers displaced from jobs in the fossil fuel industry transition to work in the clean energy sector through providing increased educational, apprenticeship, and other job training opportunities.
Renewable energy is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the United States. New Jersey has been a leader in the push toward renewables, with more than two Gigawatts of installed solar capacity, ranking in the top five solar states in the country. At the same time, the fossil fuel industry is losing its share of the American energy market. For those who have lost their jobs in the fossil fuel industry, there must be a pathway to careers in clean energy.
“For too long, American workers have been subject to the ebbs and flows of production in the fossil fuel sector,” said Pallone. “When production is down, jobs go away, and economic uncertainty follows. Clean energy jobs have grown at a rate of 6% annually in recent years, while fossil fuel jobs have shrunk. There ought to be a pathway to consistent employment in the renewable energy sector, and I look forward to introducing a plan to do just that, in consultation with a wide array of experts.”
Pallone has sought input from and will continue to meet with experts and workers as he works to finalize the legislation, which he expects to introduce in the fall.