"US Air Rules Seen Adding 1.5 Million Jobs Through 2015"

"Looming U.S. rules that power utilities face on air pollution could create nearly 1.5 million jobs over the next five years, according to a report.

Engineering, construction and pipefitting are some of the professions that could see a rise in jobs as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules push utilities to invest in new capacity and pollution controls, said the report "New Jobs - Cleaner Air". The report was commissioned by Ceres, a coalition of environmentalists and institutional investors. (To read the report, click r.reuters.com/nyp87r)

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have slammed the EPA's looming air rules on utilities as "job killing", saying they could push older coal plants into early retirement and raise electricity prices."

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters February 8, 2011.

Source: Reuters, 02/09/2011