The number of new jobs in the solar and wind power sector grow much faster than the number of new jobs in the coal sector.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump has pledged to revive the coal industry in the U.S. and to create new jobs in the coal sector.
He even stated for the coal industry the following words: “Get ready, you’re going to work your asses off!”.
So, Trump wants to ignore the shift toward renewable energy sources, and wants to return the U.S. back to the coal era, which can produce cheap energy, but with very high costs to the environment and the public health.
All these pledges helped him to win many votes from the employees in the coal sector, but his campaign pledges might not be entirely achievable.
Because according to a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the coal electric generation sector employed only 86,035 people in 2016 (from which 57,325 were miners).
At the same time, the people employed in the solar energy sector increased to the number of 370,000 in 2016 (25% increase from 2015), while the people that work in the wind power sector has reached 101,738 employees (32% increase from 2015).
In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), recently announced that the “wind turbine service technician” occupation, is the occupation with the fastest-growing rate in the U.S., and has an expected growth of 108% between 2014 and 2024.
While the number of new jobs in the solar and wind sector is growing, the number of jobs in the coal mining sector decreased by 24% in 2016.
Even if Donald Trump will try hard to revive the coal sector in the U.S. by creating new jobs in the coal industry, by loosening the regulations for coal and by ending the subsidies for solar and wind, the number of new jobs in the solar and wind sector will continue to grow due to the global shift toward cleaner energy sources.
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