An aggressive push toward renewable energy -- coupled with greater conservation -- could prompt the creation of more than four million new ''green'' industry jobs over the next three decades, according to a study commissioned by the nation's mayors.
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joined other mayors in announcing the study at an afternoon press event Thursday inside downtown's InterContinental Miami hotel.
To make the projected 4.2 million jobs happen, the study presumes that by 2038, 40 percent of the nation's electricity will be generated by alternative renewable fuels -- such as wind and solar energy.
Only 3 percent of U.S. electricity comes from renewables now, the study says.
A similarly dramatic shift in auto-fuel consumption is also a prerequisite for getting all those new ''green'' jobs. By 2038, the study anticipates that 30 percent of car and truck fueling needs will be satisfied by alternative fuels such as ethanol. Ethanol accounted for five percent of fuel production in 2007, according to the study.
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