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According to a report by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative, there are more than twice as many jobs in solar energy in the United States as in the United States. coal industry.

“Solar energy companies employed 350,000 people in whole or in part in 2017, of which more than 250,000 were dedicated to solar energy full time. Employment in coal production remained stable at 92,000 jobs ”.

President Trump has always wanted to get coal jobs back, but if he were better advised he would have to admit that job growth in his country lies in solar power and so-called “green jobs” .

The data in this report is the latest evidence that solar power is the number one job creator in the clean energy sector. Solar power provides more than twice as many jobs as the coal industry, almost five times as many jobs as nuclear power, and almost the same number of jobs as natural gas. As facilities continue to grow across the country and become an important part of America’s energy mix, high-quality employment opportunities in the solar industry will increase.Said Andrea Luecke, President and CEO of the Solar Foundation.

During the period 2016-2017, it was predicted that the works of photovoltaic solar energy installer it would be the fastest growing job in the United States over the next ten years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics set the growth rate at 105%, saying that “The work of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is expected to increase by 105% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.Plus, being a solar panel installer is a ‘good’ job, which means it’s a skilled workforce and has a respectable annual salary: $ 39,490 as of May 2017.

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However, President Trump’s solar tariff could have a dampening effect on the growth of this type of employment due to the expected decline in solar installations. Trump also wanted to reduce shutdowns of coal and nuclear power plants, saying national security was at stake. The idea is that many US military bases would be dependent on electricity produced by coal and nuclear power plants, they must therefore be preserved. Kevin McIntyre of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has publicly stated that there is no threat to grid reliability.

But despite Trump’s best efforts, coal power in the United States is in decline – even with the solar tariff, long-term solar power is increasing, and coal-fired power will likely continue to disappear.

The success of the American solar industry employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and receives almost no recognition.

Besides, who wants to work with coal? With the risk of contracting respiratory diseases: “These diseases are progressive and do not cure. More than 76,000 miners have died of black lung since 1968, according to statistics from the Ministry of Labor“.

According to a NewClimate report – Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability, a model entirely based on renewable energies would save nearly 500 billion dollars and create three million jobs in the EU, the United States and China , and would also prevent the deaths of over a million people from pollution.

In 2017, the renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs worldwide, surpassing 10 million jobs for the first time.

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