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Yesterday a partnership between the United Steelworkers, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council launched a major campaign to create an abundance of new positions in energy efficient employment. Green Jobs for America will target 12 states, including Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, to reduce the use of fossil fuels and generate a total of 820,000 alternative energy jobs across the country.

The Blue Green Alliance, another campaign partner, conducted an independent study last year that found the 12 target states stand to gain nearly 170,000 new jobs in wind turbine manufacturing and almost 93,000 new jobs making solar power equipment.

“The time for a national push for renewable energy is now,” said United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard in a released statement. “What is really exciting about this campaign is the opportunity to create jobs, help fix our broken economy and contribute to solving the biggest environmental challenge of our generation at the same time.”

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