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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Green Policies, Climate Change, and New Jobs: Separating Fact from Fiction

Two words encompass the merger of environmental policy with economic policy "green jobs."  "Green Jobs" the new buzzwords of politicians, are touted by supporters as promising environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Others believe these policies are environmentally irrelevant and will lead to economic disaster. Underlying this debate are urgent issues such as climate change, with some models predicting potentially "catastrophic and abrupt" consequences of inaction, indicating that a greener future is an important priority. Likewise, the worst recession since the Great Depression has created the need for new jobs. Supporters argue that green jobs are the "holy grail" which will lead to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

Publication type: 
Policy brief
Date published: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2010