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US Department of Energy 2016 shows renewable sector employed more than the traditional coal, gas, and oil COMBINED

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US Department of Energy 2016 shows renewable sector employed more than the traditional coal, gas, and oil COMBINED

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/s ... in-the-us/

https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files ... port_0.pdf

Didn't know that green energy was so big that it eclipsed fossil fuel jobs even in the states with lots of oil and gas extraction
The second annual US Energy and Employment Report (USEER) from the US Department of Energy (DOE) showed that in 2016, solar energy employed more people than the traditional coal, gas, and oil combined.

According to the report, 6.4 million Americans now work in the energy industry and 2016 added 300,000 new net jobs, which made up 14 percent of the entire job growth of the US for that year.

Green energy saw a boost as the data showed that energy efficiency jobs increased by 133,000 for a total of 2.2 million. Since 2015, solar industry employment has increased by 25 percent, adding 73,000 new jobs, while wind energy employment also saw a 32 percent increase, making it the third-largest workforce in the Electric Power Generation sector, now employing 100,000 people.



"Proportionally, solar employment accounts for the largest share of workers in the Electric Power Generation sector," the report, released on January 13, states.

Within the Electric Power Generation sector, the report found that solar employed 374,000 people over the year 2015-2016, which makes up 43 percent of the sector’s workforce, while the traditional fossil fuels combined employed 187,117, making up 22 percent of the workforce.

According to the report, 6.4 million Americans now work in the energy industry and 2016 added 300,000 new net jobs, which made up 14 percent of the entire job growth of the US for that year.

Green energy saw a boost as the data showed that energy efficiency jobs increased by 133,000 for a total of 2.2 million. Since 2015, solar industry employment has increased by 25 percent, adding 73,000 new jobs, while wind energy employment also saw a 32 percent increase, making it the third-largest workforce in the Electric Power Generation sector, now employing 100,000 people.


The report also showed an upward trend in energy efficiency jobs across other industries as well. The data showed that roughly 32 percent of the US construction industry was working on energy or building energy efficient projects. Of the 2.4 million people working in the Motor Vehicles industry, the report identified 260,000 jobs supporting alternative fuel vehicles, an increase of 69,000 jobs in the last year.

The USEER also surveyed energy employers across the US to get a forecast for projected job growth in 2017. The results predicted an increase in hiring across many industries within the energy sector, with energy efficiency employers projecting the highest growth rate over the next 12 months, suggesting a 9 percent increase across the sector, or around 200,000 jobs. The fuels sector, on the other hand, predicts a decline of 3 percent during 2017.

“This report verifies the dynamic role that our energy technologies and infrastructure play in a 21st-century economy,” DOE Senior Advisor on Industrial and Economic Policy David Foster said in a statement from Washington. “Whether producing natural gas or solar power at increasingly lower prices or reducing our consumption of energy through smart grids and fuel efficient vehicles, energy innovation is proving itself as the important driver of economic growth in America.”
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Electric power generation employment by technology. U.S. Department of Energy
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Wow, what a stunning revelation given the vast bazillions of government dollars being poured into corporate welfare for the green industry. :eek:

It wouldn't be nearly as funny as it is if you hadn't just finished looking at, but apparently not reading, the thread I just posted about that very subject in Canada. Funny and sad at the same time. :facepalm:
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Conquistador wrote: Wow, what a stunning revelation given the vast bazillions of government dollars being poured into corporate welfare for the green industry. :eek:

It wouldn't be nearly as funny as it is if you hadn't just finished looking at, but apparently not reading, the thread I just posted about that very subject in Canada. Funny and sad at the same time. :facepalm:
Your thread was an opinion piece by a climate change denier

Mine is an actual govt report prepared by scientists and had actual calculations and emperical data..big difference
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Doubleshot wrote: Your thread was an opinion piece by a climate change denier

Mine is an actual govt report prepared by scientists and had actual calculations and emperical data..big difference
So you don't believe that the vast majority of corporate welfare from government is now being directed to green initiatives? If you can't accept that then there's no helping you.

And you seem to also fail to see the connection between what I am saying and what you're saying. Given the premise that so much government welfare is flowing into green initiatives is it really surprising that so many people are employed in that "industry"? It certainly isn't to me and it's likely the same in Canada and increasingly so.
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Probably because it's still being implemented & higher cost of maintenance, so requires a bigger workforce?

I think USA still only produces 15% of it's yearly electricity production via renewable energy, and the vast majority is coming from hydro and wind. Keep in mind that not everything runs on electricity yet, e.g. cars.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable ... ted_States

I think solar really needs to expand, I've read and seen various documentaries saying that China is really pushing forward with solar lately. Will be interesting to see what happens within the next few decades.

However I am not convinced that green/renewable energy will ultimately be the solution and we are still probably screwed in the long run as far as climate change. I think the best strategy would be to invest huge amounts in research and development, to see if there is other ways we can safely and cheaply produce power.
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LOL, so all those workers and it only provides 0.6% of electricity needs in the US. That right there should tell you that its sole existence is because of massive government welfare. And not to mention, most of these are low skilled, low paying jobs. Unlike, workers in oil + gas/mining who actually make decent money.
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What's great is that it's not just govt policies driving it...costs of renewables are lower than even coal so that even the coal museum in coal country Kentucky switched to solar power!
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Doubleshot wrote: What's great is that it's not just govt policies driving it...costs of renewables are lower than even coal so that even the coal museum in coal country Kentucky switched to solar power!
That coal museum is using solar panels because a donor paid for it. Otherwise, the reported electricity savings even with net metering has a pitiful return.
Doubleshot wrote: Didn't know that green energy was so big that it eclipsed fossil fuel jobs even in the states with lots of oil and gas extraction
It's not surprising that pre-industrial forms of energy requires so much labor.
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SLee wrote: That coal museum is using solar panels because a donor paid for it. Otherwise, the reported electricity savings even with net metering has a pitiful return.


It's not surprising that pre-industrial forms of energy requires so much labor.
omitting facts and misrepresentation is common amongst people who believe taxpayer funded anything is great for everybody. They will never psot the facts that how many millions are wasted.
Another Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

Andrew Follett
Energy and Science Reporter
5:18 PM 03/15/2017

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/15/anoth ... z4fkre4G9j
The major California-based solar company Sungevity declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.

Sungevity is laying off workers, auctioning off some assets, and agreeing to hand over control investors in exchange for $20 million in financing to keep the company’s operations going.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/15/anoth ... z4fkriZeEM
And more important is this one
Sungevity was one of seven residential solar power companies, which Congress announced in September it would formally investigate for wrongfully receiving billions in tax credits from the government. The federal government likely handed out roughly $25 billion in cash grants and tax credits to these companies.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/15/anoth ... z4fkrs1Nph
“There are some things money can’t buy, and for everything else there’s MasterCard. Well, get out your checkbooks ladies and gentlemen, because it seems like the entire liberal cabinet can be bought. TRUDEAU: I CAN’T BE BOUGHT...LMAO. Because its 2017
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Law360, New York (September 19, 2016, 11:56 AM EDT) -- U.S. Senate and House of Representatives leaders have told seven residential solar industry companies and solar utilities companies they are going to be formally investigated over whether they wrongfully received billions in tax credits from the government, expanding on an inquiry that started earlier this year.

The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee sent letters to solar utility companies Abengoa SA, NextEra Energy Inc., NRG Energy Inc. and SunEdison Inc., and to solar residential companies SolarCity Corp., Sunrun Inc. and Sungevity Inc....
More jobs on backs of taxpayers? Yeah we get it. That is how Liberal Democracy works.
Like giving taxpayers money/rebate to rich person buying ultra expensive Electric/Hybrid car.
Pending Bankruptcy of Largest Solar Company Puts Alternative Energy Industry Into Full Meltdown Mode
“There are some things money can’t buy, and for everything else there’s MasterCard. Well, get out your checkbooks ladies and gentlemen, because it seems like the entire liberal cabinet can be bought. TRUDEAU: I CAN’T BE BOUGHT...LMAO. Because its 2017

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