First let me be clear that the purpose of this thread is NOT to debate whether we should or shouldn’t move to a Green Energy economy. Rather how this move impacts jobs. So please stay on topic.
My initial thought is that a green energy economy will not require the same workforce as that as one based on oil & gas. Compare a battery vs. a combustion engine. A lot less parts and no mechanic needed. There’s clearly more l need to think about but I wanted to get a conversation started. Look forward to your thoughts.
Another thing I was thinking about is that even though much of what is considered green energy is not all renewable. For example, even though electric cars are not emitting carbon their batteries as I understand it are based upon certain rare earth metals and hence are a finite (non-renewable) resource.
In this aspect I was referring to just the engine component. Much of the maintenance on gas and diesel powered cars is related to the engine. That will not be the case with electric cars. But clearly there will be other types of maintenance that will require a mechanic.