Red, White and Green

The True Colors of America's Clean Tech jobs

September 8, 2012

Clean tech may mean a debate in Wash­ing­ton, but it means jobs every­where else.

Wash­ing­ton D.C. may be the nation­al capi­tol of the Unit­ed States, but the polit­i­cal dis­cus­sions there often have lit­tle in com­mon with those tak­ing place in the coun­try as a whole. One of the many issues for which this is true is the rela­tion– ship between the envi­ron­ment and the econ­omy. With­in the Belt­way today, near­ly every­thing asso­ci­ated with “clean tech” and “green jobs” is high­ly politicized—much like every­thing else. In gen­eral, Democ­rats sup­port them. Repub­li­cans oppose them. End of sto­ry.

One might assume we’d find the same trend out­side of Capi­tol Hill, with blue Demo­c­ra­tic states rush­ing to embrace clean tech and green jobs, but with red Repub­li­can states res­olutely declin­ing to join in the action.

In fact, what we find is entire­ly dif­fer­ent.

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