WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON JOBS AS WE SHIFT AWAY FROM CARBON-BASED ENERGY? There will be MORE jobs overall, according to this CBC report.
Of course, nothing ever remains static. In the dynamic transition ahead, for every loss of an extractive job – like coal mining – there will be at least one other job created in a field like construction.
For example, individuals are the ones who clearly personally benefit from improved energy efficiencies, such as adding home insulation and window curtains. When there is visionary leadership and transition occurs on a significant scale, society benefits and the needle moves in the right direction in our important shift to a green economy. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"What many business leaders are realizing is that rather than being a cost that will drag industry down, the competition required to create a low-carbon economy has the potential to ignite a new boom. If so, the latest promise to cut carbon in yesterday's Canadian throne speech will be an economic stimulant.
"And when it comes to jobs, economic experts who have studied the effects of climate change, including Mark Jaccard, the Simon Fraser University professor who helped British Columbia create its world-leading carbon-fighting plan, say the impact on jobs is unequivocal…
"More modern studies that add in the costs of doing nothing — fires, flooding, agricultural losses, forced mass migration — show the global macroeconomic impact close to balance…
"'Any transition means loss of some existing jobs and the creation of new ones, and we'll see the same here,' said Elgie by phone from Ottawa. Construction jobs are just one area expected to see an increase."
Critics have warned the economic disruption caused by fighting climate change will lead to massive unemployment, but something different seems to be happening.