Posts Tagged "Jobs"

“Iowa has the most reliable electric grid in the country, and the average energy cost for all sectors here is the sixth cheapest in the nation.”

– Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, in an op-ed touting her state’s embrace of wind power, which has created 9,000 jobs and generated more than $13.5 billion in investments.

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 “The future for coal in the United States? There is no future.”

– Former Duke Energy CEO and Chairman Jim Rogers, speaking at the release of a new report calling coal’s decline one of the most “spectacular market collapses in equity history.” The combined market value of the four largest U.S. coal companies fell from $33 billion to $150 million in five short years.

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“If you’d told me I’d be working in solar, I would’ve never believed you. I always thought I’d bounce from coal job to coal job until all the mines closed and I had to leave.”

– Former West Virginia coal miner Robert Atkins, who was retrained as a solar technician after being laid off from his coal job and now works as a crew chief overseeing installations for startup developer Solar Holler.

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“In 10 years, a rooftop that doesn’t have solar will look funny and will look out of place.”

– Mike Foley, head of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, reacting to an analysis showing that solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland area from 2015 to 2016.

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“People realize that coal isn’t going to be around here forever and people need to re-tool themselves and get occupations within newer industries.”

– Lee Van Horn, the son of a coal mine worker, who is manager of the 64-turbine Locust Ridge Wind Power Project in central Pennsylvania.

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“It sounds really bold to say, but what we’re trying to do is to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up. … We don’t get into the moral argument of coal being good or bad, we just talk about jobs and entrepreneurship.”

– Brandon Dennison, co-founder and CEO of Coalfield Development Corp, a nonprofit that offers out-of-work coal miners a chance to learn new skills, including solar installation.

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“You will not be forgotten. The sacrifice and the danger, the songs and the tradition. They won’t be lost. You really did keep the lights on. We love you for it. But the jobs, and the future of coal mining, are a vanishing thing. Please, for your own sake and that of your nation, do the hardest thing ever—anything else.”

– from An open letter to America’s coal miners, and to America by former coal miner and mining executive Mark Sumner

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“There were nearly 700,000 [coal] miners … in 1919. There were 450,000 when World War II began. There were fewer than 200,000 when Eisenhower took office. By 2000, that number was down to about 70,000. And it keeps falling. Coal will never again be the industry your fathers knew, or that you knew in your youth.”

– from An open letter to America’s coal miners, and to America by former coal miner and mining executive Mark Sumner

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“Forget the songs. Ignore the banners. You don’t sell coal to ‘America.’ You sell it to Duke Energy, and Southern Company, and NRG and a few dozen others. That’s who buys coal. Only they’re buying less. And they’re going to keep buying less, until they’re buying none at all. Donald Trump isn’t going to change that.”

– from An open letter to America’s coal miners, and to America by former coal miner and mining executive Mark Sumner

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“[T]his is 100,000 new jobs for people, for Texans, who need good, high-paying jobs. They’re about $75,000 a year in salary. So these are good jobs.”

– Marilu Hastings, vice president of sustainability programs at the Mitchell Foundation, speaking with Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s track record in support of wind energy development in his home state.

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“Clean energy makes sense for businesses. … Strengthening Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard ensures energy is generated in Michigan — encouraging new investments, innovation, and jobs here at home.”

– from a letter signed by a dozen businesses, including Nestlé and Ben & Jerry’s, thanking the Michigan Legislature for for passing a bipartisan bill in 2016 that increases the state’s renewable energy standard to 15 percent by 2021.

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Report: solar job growth soars in 2016

Report: solar job growth soars in 2016

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The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every 50 new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to The Solar Foundation’s seventh annual National Solar Jobs Census 2016. The census found that solar industry added...