According to a new report, wind turbine technician is now the fastest-growing profession in the United States.
The report, published by the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps program, shows that the clean energy and sustainability sector now accounts for more than 4 million American jobs. Solar and wind jobs are growing 12 times as fast as the rest of the U.S. economy, showcasing the rapid growth in the clean energy and sustainability sector. With wind power as one of its primary sources, clean energy would seem to be an attractive target for employment growth in the country, yet the Trump administration has promised the opposite.
President Trump is in favor of eliminating environmental regulations (in fact, he’s already started), to help increase fossil fuel production, promising this as a way to bring back American jobs. Trump’s stance on energy ignores the growth seen in the clean energy and sustainability industry over the past several years.
President Trump also signed an executive order to advance construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming that it would create 28,000 good construction jobs, but reports suggest he inflated the number by seven times, meaning it would only actually create around 4,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, the White House website suggests that eliminating regulations like the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule would increase worker wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years. Yet here, that figure comes from a non-peer-reviewed paper written for a fossil-industry organization. The paper actually examines the potential economic impacts of opening all protected federal land to unlimited mining and drilling.
Along with these revelations, the EDF report actually shows that the average growth rate of employment in the fossil-fuel industry per year from 2012 to 2015 was -4.5 percent. During the same period, renewable energy jobs had a rate of 6 percent.