Here’s a nifty chart from a new report from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives-BC—showing, among other things, that service jobs in British Columbia are low-emission jobs.CCPA - Greenhouse Emissions per Worker, BC

My first thought was that the chart shows that the gradual economy-wide shift towards services could be a good thing for the province’s emissions.

But my first thought was probably wrong:  what the chart really demonstrates is the overwhelming importance of a handful of economic sectors—predominantly energy—to the province’s overall emissions.  As the report points out, the four sectors with the highest GHGs per worker account for just 8 percent of total employment, but 68 percent of total industrial and commercial emissions.  If emissions from oil, gas, and electricity generation go up even slightly, then the province’s emissions are likely to rise overall, regardless of any shifts in employment in other parts of the economy.