Thursday, April 23, 2015

More Green Energy Jobs Added Than Coal Jobs Lost

Yes, Big Coal's motherfucking liars - I'm looking at YOU, Steve Beshear - have been lying about jobs, too.

Sean Cockerham at McClatchy:

Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth in the United States this year.

“I started this company in 2009 and I have seen tremendous growth since then,” said John Billingsley, CEO of Tri-Global Energy in Dallas.

Billingsley built his business on wind energy, which generated more than 10 percent of the electricity in Texas last year. He said he is hiring more workers to expand into solar power as well.

Researchers at Duke University, using data from renewable energy trade associations, estimate in a new study published in the journal Energy Policy that more than 79,000 direct and spinoff jobs were created from wind and solar electricity generation between 2008 and 2012.

That compares with an estimate of about 49,530 coal industry job losses, according to the study. While natural gas was the biggest winner in creating jobs for electricity generation, with almost 95,000 jobs created in that time, it’s clear renewable energy has been on the rise in the United States. 
And every minute, every penny spent propping up coal's filthy, stinking, rotting corpse costs Kentucky those high-paying, can't-be-offshored, green energy jobs being snapped up by even such fossil-fuel-worshipping moronic states as Texas.

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