Jobs in wind and solar are both growing like gangbusters and comprise the majority of jobs in the electric-power sector, according to the US Department of Energy (motto: Not Eliminated Yet).
If the above chart does not reproduce, it’s in the linked story, and worth a look.
Solar alone beats fossil (and nuclear); wind alone beats coal. Cheers and congratulations and thank you to the policy advocates and entrepreneurs who made this possible.
This is amazing good news, and I hate to spoil the party. But I have a question.
How hard would it have been to give a chunk of those jobs to displaced coal miners and rust-belt workers?
It’s not a trivial problem, but not an intractable one either. You’d need to involve the industry and find a way to direct a small fraction of the money that is flowing to renewables into real job-training programs. Then help connect the trainees to the jobs.
It’s exactly the sort of thing that neoliberal advocates of globalism excel at giving lip service too: sharing the benefits of new technologies and globalism with those who would otherwise be net losers of jobs and wealth and standing.
So ask yourself that, and also this: Where would be be now if that sort of thing were actually done and not merely talked about?