PORTLAND (AP) – A new report says more than 9,000 jobs could be created in Maine, and more than 2 million nationwide, by making investments that aim to reduce dependence on oil.

A coalition of business and labor and environmental groups released the report Tuesday in Portland. It was prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts.

Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says putting the focus on energy and the environment will strengthen the economy, increase energy independence and fight global warming.

He says building wind farms, weatherizing homes and adding mass transit options will all create jobs.

Steve Konstantino of Maine Green Building Supply in Portland says now is the time for Maine to get plugged into the “clean energy economy.”

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