Green Economy Transition Programs for U.S. States

by: PERI

February 25, 2021 |
Research Report

In support of a global project to fight climate change, PERI researchers have written four studies to show how state-level policies can achieve three critical goals within Maine, Colorado, Washington and New York States:  sharp declines in CO2 emissions; an expansion of good jobs; and a Just Transition for workers and communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel industry.  The studies show how green growth programs are achievable even without the support of federal-level policies.   For all states, the centerpiece of the program is large-scale investments to dramatically improve energy efficiency standards and equally dramatically expand the supply of energy provided by wind, solar, and geothermal sources.

In support of a global project to fight climate change, PERI researchers have, to date, published eight studies, for California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maine, Colorado, Washington, and New York. These studies show how each of these states can achieve three critical goals: sharp declines in CO2 emissions; an expansion of good jobs; and a just transition for workers and communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel industry. For all states, the centerpiece of the program is large-scale investments to dramatically improve energy efficiency standards and equally dramatically expand the supply of energy provided by wind, solar, geothermal sources, small-scale hydro and low-emissions bioenergy.

 

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Read "A Program for Economic Recovery and Clean Energy Transition in California" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, Caitlin Kline, and Gregor Semieniuk

Read "Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for West Virginia" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Gregor Semieniuk

Read "Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for Pennsylvania" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Gregor Semieniuk 

Read "Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for Ohio" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Gregor Semieniuk

Read "A Program for Economic Recovery and Clean Energy Transition in Maine" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Gregor Semieniuk 

Read "A Green Growth Program for Colorado" by Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Tyler Hansen

Read "A Green New Deal for Washington State" by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Read "Clean Energy Investments for New York State" by Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim

 

Author Interviews,  Commentary and Press

>> Beacon: Study: Maine could recover jobs lost in pandemic by hitting climate goals

>> Maine Biz: New study: Maine can recover from economic crisis by addressing climate change

>> WABI: Maine People’s Alliance holds virtual meeting on clean energy study

>> Maine study release hosted by Maine People's Alliance

>> Denver Post: How Green Is Colorado? 

>> Colorado Politics: UMass Studies Colorado's Green Job Potential

>> The New Yorker: Good News About a Green New Deal

>> Interview with Robert Pollin by Sustainable East End on New York's WPKN

>> Interview with Robert Pollin by CJ Polychroniou for Truthout

>> Interview with Robert Pollin and Jeffrey Johnson, president of Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

>> Interview with Robert Pollin on Clean Energy Investments for New York State

>> Commentary by Robert Pollin in Albany Times Union

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