O'Malley Advocates for Alternative Energy Jobs

“We need to invent an American jobs agenda that is a match for the climate challenge. […] There’s the potential to bring forward that sort of power—clean energy, renewable energy—and I believe that it is rural America and America’s city centers that will lead the way to this cleaner, greener, safer, and yes, more prosperous energy future. […] This isn’t about the end of the world. It’s about imagining a new beginning and realizing that there are jobs to be created."

On Saturday, June 11, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa
Sources: Martin O'Malley YouTube, Politico (including similar remarks from O'Malley at other times), O'Malley campaign website (including his position on renewable energy)

The Context: During their travels through Iowa, an all-important early primary state, the candidates have approached the topic of energy with care—the one-fifth of Iowans working in agriculture and related industries have a lot at stake when it comes to alternative energy subsidies. Here, O’Malley joins those who support investing in a future of alternative energy, starting with celebrating Iowa as "the leading producer of wind [energy]." He stresses that “we know the science” behind this issue, but that the Left's goals can be misunderstood when speaking about climate change in an apocalyptic manner. O’Malley equates alternative energy investment to job growth, envisioning a “new economy” with opportunities for employment in green design and retrofitting, two examples of subsectors complementing the actual production of clean energy.

The topic of (alternative) energy can be understood through countless metrics. After looking at the state-by-state patterns of overall energy production and consumption, we wondered how the energy sector contributes to employment across the country today. Investment in our energy industries will include creating jobs throughout several occupations, specialties, and subsectors as O'Malley mentioned. Knowing that the early rounds of these jobs will likely build upon the workforce already in place, we asked 

Where are our current energy-related jobs? And how do their earnings compare to others?