Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

A “Groundbreaking” Report Indicates the Possibility of Greener Jobs for Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

Contrary to claims made by oil and gas giants and opponents of climate legislation, a new analysis released this past Tuesday demonstrates how a just transition to a green economy in California—one in which employees of the state’s fossil fuel industry would be able to find new employment and receive assistance if they were laid off—will be “both affordable and achievable.”

The majority of employees in the oil and gas industries will have a lot of new job opportunities, according to a study by the Gender Equity Policy Institute (GEPI), as California works to become carbon neutral by 2045 with a commitment to build a 100% clean electricity grid and drastically reduce its use and production of oil.

 Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

The analysis states that in order to fulfill the rising demand for electricity, the state will need to upgrade its electrical infrastructure and add storage space. Techniques for managing carbon emissions, plugging orphan wells, and the creation of new energy sources like geothermal energy will all be used, presenting commercial and employment prospects.

The oil and gas sectors in California employed roughly 59,200 individuals as of 2021 spanning jobs in the production, sales, transportation, legal, and executive departments, among other areas, according to GEPI’s analysis of the most recent public labor data.

The group found that almost two-thirds of employees are likely to find exciting prospects outside of work connected to fossil fuels. The panel assessed possible job opportunities for fossil fuel workers “in all growing occupations, not simply in clean energy or green jobs.”

 Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

Given the need in the larger California economy for employees with their current skills, the report’s findings “suggest that a sizable majority (56%) of current oil and gas workers are extremely likely to find jobs in California in their current vocation in another industry.”

18% of oil and gas workers are employed in production and extraction, sectors that will shrink as the state starts to transition away from fossil fuel extraction, while about 25% of oil and gas workers are working in jobs that are expected to disappear over the next ten years.

According to GEPI, “There is open employment in related occupations in California that would allow people to move without the requirement for retraining for all diminishing occupations in the oil and gas industry.”

 Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

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In 2021, GEPI estimated that income subsidies and relocation assistance would cost the state $68.9 million or less annually, significantly less than the $830 million estimate made by the Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which stated that aid for displaced oil and gas workers would cost up to 16,100 people who will be at risk of displacement into lower-paying jobs over the next two decades. In contrast to GEPI, which solely took into account financial aid for those who suffer salary cuts, PERI’s assessment took into account pension guarantees as well as income-level guarantees.

 Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

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According to the Los Angeles-based advocacy organization Climate Resolve, the GEPI study demonstrated that “California can achieve a reasonable and equitable transition away from fossil fuels for oil and gas workers.”

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 Former Fossil Fuel Employees.

In order to ensure an equitable and sustainable future for all Californians, according to the GEPI research, “helping workers at risk of being laid off from jobs in the oil and gas industries is one crucial component of the advancement of the carbon neutral economy.” “These men and women are anticipated to be able to transfer to other industries with ease, without needing further training or time off the job.”

Vishal Rana

Vishal is working as a Content Editor at Enviro360. He covers a wide range of topics, including media, energy, weather, industry news, daily news, climate, etc. Apart from this, Vishal is a sports enthusiast and loves to play cricket. Also, he is an avid moviegoer and spends his free time watching Web series and Hollywood Movies.

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