Study: Florida is clean and green

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor applauded Monday the findings of a newly released survey by the Pew Charitable Trust that shows Florida among the states leading the charge in clean energy development.

"It really provides a glimpse of what our jobs future could be in Florida,” the Democrat from Tampa said. “This is the way we’re going to rebuild our economy in the state of Florida because these are good-paying jobs for people of all skill levels and diverse educational backgrounds. The salaries range anywhere from $20,000 to more than $100,000 and we’re talking about the engineers, the electricians, the folks who are going to be doing the weatherization to save consumers money, roofers, you name it — even marketing consultants.”

During a media conference call, Lori Grange of Pew outlined the finding of the national study, the first hard number accounting of clean energy jobs. The Pew Charitable Trust defined clean energy jobs as those in sectors pertaining to energy conservation, pollution mitigation and energy efficiency.

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