I just returned from a short vacation on the North Shore of Lake Superior, and then donated to the MN Environmental Fund in support of the truly great outdoors and the Great Lakes. While I was there, in what is both Minnesota's mining country and its greatest natural beauty, Trump overturned a bill that prevented coal mining companies from dumping debris into nearby streams (fox news story).
Here is the deal:
- There are 54,000 clean energy jobs in Minnesota—most pay 42% higher than the average state wage.
- The more renewables Minnesota has added in the last decade, the lower the cost of our energy—a trend expected to cut your kw hour cost in half by 2020.
- Nationwide, there are 4 times the number of solar jobs than in the coal industry.
- One out of every 50 new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry last year, and its employment growth outpaced the overall U.S. economy by 17 times.
- The solar industry employed 260,077 workers last year, a nearly 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2015 (wind power was 88,000, a 20% increase).
- Employment in the coal mining industry peaked in 1985 at 178,000 jobs, and it has declined to 56,600 today.
WHY ISN’T OUR PRESIDENT CHEERING AND TALKING ABOUT ACCELERATING THE RENEWABLE ENERGY BOOM? WHY IS HE INSTEAD TALKING ABOUT PROPPING UP AN INDUSTRY THAT NO LONGER MAKES SENSE?
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