A just-released report concludes jobs in Minnesota’s clean-energy industry are bouncing back after a tough year. Amelia Cerling Hennes with Clean Energy Economy Minnesota says at one point during the pandemic, over 11 thousand workers in that sector had filed for unemployment, but nearly half of those jobs were recovered in the second half of 2020:
“The bounce-back so quickly leads us to believe that this sector is strong and continues to grow and is a vital part of Minnesota’s economy.”
Governor Tim Walz says the report “proves that we can have a clean future while creating jobs at the same time. ” Republicans, who called it the “heavy hand of government” when Walz moved ahead with “clean car” standards, didn’t comment.