Jun 12, 2017 06:49 PM EDT
Donald Trump's controversial decision to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement has not affected the ability of the wind power industry's ability to create jobs for Americans.
Trump listed the belief that the Paris Agreement would place "draconian financial and economic burdens on the United States" as his main reason for backing out of the agreement. This has been proven time and again to be false. More proof is showing up this week in the form of new renewable energy jobs in the wind industry.
The wind industry continues to add jobs and proves itself to be a viable energy source as an alternative to burning fossil fuels. Wind energy jobs have reached 102,500 in 2016. That is a doubling of jobs added since 2013 when the industry had 50,200 jobs. The wind energy jobs are sure to keep coming because of an extension of tax credits for the next 5 years, state renewable energy standards and the continued cost reduction of wind energy. The bottom line is that wind is working, and it is keeping the American people working.
The states where the most wind industry jobs were added were states that almost all voted for Trump in 2016. Texas is the leading recipient of wind energy jobs totalling more than 22,000. Other states leading the way in wind energy jobs include Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado Of these states only 1, Colorado, did not vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Domestic wind manufacturing jobs are also on the rise. Several states that went for Trump in the 2016 election lead the country in manufacturing jobs related to the wind industry. many of these jobs include producing wind turbines and turbine components. The Southeast is a major hub of manufacturing related to the wind industry. Of course, several states that are leading the way in manufacturing of wind turbines and turbine related parts all went for Trump in the 2016 election. They include: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
AWEA estimates that 88 percent of the wind power added in 2016 was built in states that voted for President Trump. In addition, 86 percent of total installed wind capacity in the US and 60 percent of wind-related manufacturing facilities are located in Republican districts. according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Why do these states and districts continue to vote against their own economic interests? As one legendary musician most eloquently put it; "The answer, my friend is blowing in the wind."
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