U.S. Slips to Third in the Clean Energy Race

See which countries are attracting more investment in clean energy and efficiency technologies than the U.S.

The American position in the rapidly emerging clean energy sector is slipping. As recently as three years ago, the U.S. led the world in private clean energy investment, before being passed by China in 2008. According to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2010 Edition (PDF), Germany climbed above the U.S. into second place last year.

These numbers reflect the amount of private investment directed to the G-20 economies. So, basically, the U.S. isn't attracting as much equity investment as either China or Germany. Which means that there are jobs that are being created in China and Germany that could have been putting Americans to work.

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