Regulatory uncertainty and gaps in the U.S. education system are hindering the development of the clean-energy industry in the U.S., according to participants in panel discussion at the National Journal's "Workforce of the Future" conference. Building a nuclear plant creates good jobs, for example, but it's difficult for companies to invest in such capital-intensive projects when the long-term regulatory environment is unclear, said Joe Aldy, a White House adviser on energy and the environment. "Uncertainty chills energy investments," he said.

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