"Job growth is one of the most important issues of the 2012 election, and a recent report suggests that continued investment in green jobs could be a boon to the U.S. economy."
"The report, released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and utilizing 2012 data on green jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reveals that 'greener industries grow faster than the overall economy.'
The BLS data, which concluded that 3.1 million jobs in the United States 'were associated with the production of green goods and services' in 2010, defines green jobs as those which 'benefit the environment or conserve natural resources' in either their process or output. Thus their figures include jobs in renewable energy, efficiency, pollution reduction and other traditionally 'green' industries, along with jobs in any industry 'in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or ensuring that they use fewer natural resources,' according to EPI."