How many jobs did renewable energy industries provide?

Grade level:  3rd- 5th grades

Skills: bar graph

Related environmental issues: Energy

The bar graph below shows the number of jobs of some renewable energy industries in the United States in 2015.

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  1. Which renewable energy industry provided the largest number of jobs?
  2. Which renewable energy industry provided about 4 times as many jobs as the geothermal industry does?
  3. There were 66 thousand jobs at coal mines in the United States in 2015.  List all renewable energy industries that provided more jobs than the coal industry.

Sources: REN 21, 2016 Global Status Report and U.S. EIA

 

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Answer keys

  1. Biofuels
  2. Biomass
  3. Solar,wind, biofuels, and biomass