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President Trump is trying to start making good on his promises to coal workers. "He made a pledge to the coal industry, and he’s going to do whatever he can to help those workers,“ a senior administrative official said Monday ahead of the executive order’s signing. 

But there are problems with both Trump’s nostalgic Make America Great Again coal promises and Obama’s radical vision for a reshaped economy. Trump’s ignores the reality of a changing energy industry. Solar jobs, for example, have taken off over the past decade. They now account for some 260,000 energy jobs in the country, the majority of those are held by installers. That’s almost four times the number of coal industry jobs, about 70,000, as of May 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America

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anonymous asked:

I agree about enviromental issues. An earlier infusctructure investment into nuclear energy could have replaced the bulk of our worst nightmare (CO2 warming) with a 100,000 year problem. I wish we could come together and decide to act, but the resultant drop in living conditions (asking the government to devote a health-care sized budget to climate change) would be like asking voters to choose a depression. It's unpalatable to all sides. So it goes.

I wish we could come together and decide to act, but the resultant drop in living conditions (asking the government to devote a health-care sized budget to climate change) would be like asking voters to choose a depression. 

Uh, no that’s false categorically false:

Renewable energy is creating US jobs twice as fast as any other industry

CHINESE INVESTMENT IN RENEWABLE ENERGY TO CREATE 13 MILLION JOBS

Solar-energy jobs are growing 12 times as fast as the US economy

Shift To Green Economy Would Create 4 Million Canadian Jobs: Report

Can we please kill the myth that countering climate change is going to kill the economy, especially because of this:

$60 Trillion: New Study Projects the Global Cost of Climate Change

Whatever the cost of action, it pales in comparison to what will happen to us if we do nothing

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