Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

Read the full story at the Conversation.

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order making it easier for pipeline projects and other oil and gas development to progressclaiming environmental regulations cause economic burdens and cost jobs.

A more effective way to stimulate the economy and protect the environment, my work suggests, is to pass legislation such as the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill the Senate passed on June 17, 2020. The House introduced companion legislation earlier this month.

I’m an expert in employment in the U.S. economy, and my recent research shows that conservation and park development create far more jobs than oil and gas. These two categories are not always mutually exclusive, but often a choice must be made about how to use public lands – conserve them, develop them as parks or open them up to exploration for oil and gas.

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