Politifact: Do California's Clean Energy Jobs Equal 10 Times the Nation's Coal Mining Jobs?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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State Senator Kevin de León recently stated that California has "more than half a million" clean energy jobs. "That’s nearly ten times more the number of coal mining jobs that exist in the entire nation."

Government data and a survey by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, which is affiliated with a clean energy trade group, largely back up De León's claim.

Labor economists say pinpointing the exact number of clean energy jobs in any state is difficult. There aren’t always clear definitions for these jobs. And the way some clean energy jobs are counted is problematic, they said, because some positions only focus on clean energy as a portion of their overall responsibilties.

Still, they said, the evidence cited by the senator is the best available.

We found De León's statement is accurate but needs clarification.

MOSTLY TRUE – The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information.

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