January 24, 2018

What Trump doesn't know about solar power

Forbe - In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector's workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. It's a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute Donald Trump's assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy.

Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000. The boom in the country's solar workforce can be attributed to construction work associated with expanding generation capacity. The gulf in employment is growing with net generation from coal falling 53 percent over the last decade. During the same period, electricity generation from natural gas increased 33 percent while solar expanded 5,000 percent.


awright said...

No, it is not that Agent Orange doesn't know about the employment statistics for solar. It is that he is antagonistic toward alternative energies and actively wants to hobble their development. He knows he can get fawning approval from the 1% investors in the extractive industries and fossil fuel energy generators and that the younger cohort employed in solar would not fall for his line of BS.

ocnus said...

There is far more at stake than just civilian renewables

Laser said...

Just a generic observation, "What we (all) don't know would fill a book..." -- Junior Soprano

The corollary, from an earlier Cabaret: "(We're all) about as fatale as an after dinner mint!" -- Brian Roberts (Michael York)

Aslan sums it up in Prince Caspian (the book, not the movie!):

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”

What to do?

“Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.”

― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Cheers, Tom

Anonymous said...

Electric utility investors' war on FULL NET METERING has done more and longer lasting economic damage to the distributed solar industry than Trump's small tariff on imported Chinese solar panels ever will. The solution going forward is to guarantee FULL NET METERING FOR ALL DISTRIBUTED SOLAR INSTALLATIONS NATIONWIDE. The resulting resurgence in American solar panel manufacturing will employ lots of laid off coal miners.