Beyond Trump and the Pipelines, We Have Great News from the Clean Energy Movement!
Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil, Coal and Natural Gas Employment for First Time in U.S.
Its official! The US solar energy industry now employs more workers than any other energy industry combined, including coal, oil, and natural gas, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report . We have new players in town, and they are called the “Green Workforce”. A group of workers that rose 5% in 2015 to 8.1 million people worldwide who are working diligently on putting our new energy infrastructure in place for clean, sustainable and affordable energy. It’s a movement that’s progressively moving forward, and it doesn’t matter what reforms are made in favor of Big Oil, the need and desire for clean energy can not be ignored any longer.
According to DOE Senior Advisor on Industrial and Economic Policy, David Foster, “ This report (mentioned above) verifies the dynamic role that our energy technologies and infrastructure play in a 21st century economy. Whether producing natural gas or solar power at increasingly lower prices or reducing our consumption of energy through smart grids and fuel efficient vehicles, energy innovation is proving itself as the important driver of economic growth in America, producing 14 percent of the new jobs in 2016."
Adnan Amin, director-general of Irena, which is based in Abu Dhabi claims that “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this to continue as the case for renewables strengthens and countries move to achieve climate targets.” The transition to clean energy is supported by almost 200 nations that have support climate targets put into effect by the UN. They will strengthen as the years progress and more awareness is brought to the public’s attention of the necessity of global changes and trends towards more cleaner and healthier living conditions.
Proudly, the United States is in the top three countries in the lead for renewable energy jobs, with Brazil and China. t is projected that the global “Green Workforce” will grow to 24 million by 2030 if United Nations targets are met on climate change and development.
In summary, the number of U.S. jobs in solar energy industry outweighed those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business. Whether the pipelines are built or not, fossil-fuel companies are faltering, and they will continue to do so as people and companies choose alternative methods for energy consumption.
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Written by Angela Christu