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    Thursday, February 02, 2017

    New Energy Job Numbers Betray Coal Claims

    U.S. Wind, Solar Power Tout Rural Jobs as Trump Pushes Coal

    Chris Martin, January 31, 2017 (Bloomberg News)

    “…U.S. wind-farm developers and suppliers had more than 100,000 workers at the end of the year and the solar industry had more than double that, and they’re a significant source of employment in many of the rural red states that supported Donald Trump’s campaign. That compares to 65,971 coal mining jobs at the start of last year, according to the U.S. Energy Department…Leaders of the solar and wind industries say the rural areas that missed out on economic growth under President Barack Obama are benefiting from the expansion of clean energy…[They are urging the Trump administration to continue to support pro-renewables] policies, which helped create more than 200,000 jobs in the past decade, with more than 9,000 mostly small businesses…The top 10 congressional districts for wind energy are all in Republican-dominated red states such as Iowa and Texas…” click here for more

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