Biden wants to generate 10 million new jobs in clean energy, largely through infrastructure projects and developing a carbon-free economy. This includes revitalizing America’s infrastructure – such as roads, water systems, electricity grids, and broadband networks – and constructing 1.5 million new sustainable homes.
Moves to cut emissions by creating more public transport and encouraging production of hybrid and electric vehicles would also lead to new jobs.
And while plans to switch to a zero-emissions power sector by 2035 would surely boost employment prospects, any gains have to be weighed against job losses in traditional fossil-fuel as these sectors are superseded.
The U.S. shale gas industry supports both jobs and revenue, for example, but the extraction method, known as fracking, has come under fire from environmentalists.
While Biden has not said he’ll ban the practice, there has been talk of preventing new fracking projects on federal land, which is a cause for concern for those employed in the industry.