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IEEFA Press Release: ‘Zero Employment Impact’ In Trump Administration’s New Energy Policies

Decline of U.S. Coal Industry Will Continue; Production Will Drop; Investors Will Jump Ship; Few Gains From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today dismissed job-production claims that the Trump administration made this week with its rollback of emissions regulations and federal mining policies. Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA’s director of finance, said the coal industry especially remains unlikely to recover, regardless of what the administration does. “Market forces overwhelmingly favor natural gas-fired electricity […]

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On the Blogs: Miscasting the Issue Won’t Bring Back Jobs

BuzzFeed: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on ABC’s This Week the order would counter “the past administration’s effort to kill jobs across this country.” He suggested the administration’s environmental policies would be both pro-jobs and pro-environment, following clean air and clean water rules while asking federal agencies over the next six months to identify rules […]

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Commentary: ‘Monumental Job Growth’ in U.S. Clean Energy Sector

U.S. News & World Report: Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else the Republican Party […]

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On the Blogs: Democrats and Republicans Alike See Job-Creation Power in Clean-Energy Transition

Scientific American: Over the past two years, two thoughtful, innovative, and dramatically different plans to address global warming have been presented to the American public by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. Both plans would move the nation significantly toward a sustainable future. The first, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), introduced by President Obama, calls […]

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On the Blogs: Where the Good Energy Jobs Are

EDF.org: In total, 2.7 million people now work in clean energy nationwide, manufacturing and installing solar panels, auditing energy efficiency, developing smart energy apps, building windmills and on and on. The remarkable growth of the solar and wind industries is already well-documented: Today, nearly 102,000 Americans work in wind and more than 260,000 in solar. […]

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Union-Environmental Alliance Sees 15,000 Minnesota New Jobs in Energy-Efficiency Work

Frank Jossi for Midwest Energy News: Minnesota could create 15,000 jobs and save more than $3.1 billion by reducing energy use in municipal buildings, universities, schools and hospitals, according to a new report. The report, “20 for MN: A Proposal To Reduce Minnesota’s Energy Use In The M.U.S.H. Sector By 20 Percent,” was released earlier […]

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Report: 1 in 50 New Jobs in the U.S. Is in Solar

Katie Fehrenbacher for GreenTech Media: The number of jobs created to make, sell and install solar panels in the U.S. grew at a record pace last year, and grew much faster than the overall American economy, which is welcome news for the solar industry in the face of policy uncertainty. The new figures were issued […]

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On the Blogs: Oil and Construction Aren’t the Only Job Sectors

Chip Colwell for TheConversation.com: On his fourth day as U.S. president, Donald Trump penned executive orders to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline. A week later, there were reports the new administration has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement that will allow completion […]

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Report: Regulation, in Truth, Is Creating More Jobs

From the Augusta (Georgia) Free Press: As incoming President Donald Trump prepares to appoint an anti-regulatory EPA administrator based on claims that environmental regulations “kill jobs,” a new report that synthesizes decades of economics research documents that this claim is false. The Environmental Integrity Project’s report, “Don’t Believe the Job Killer Hype,” examines data from […]

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U.S. Electricity Transition Is Driving a Jobs Boom: 100,000 in 2016

Stephen Lacey for Green Tech Media: Grid modernization investments are creating a construction boom across America — largely driven by the deployment of solar. According to the Department of Energy’s latest report on jobs in the energy sector, employment in the electric power sector rose 13 percent in 2016 as utilities and developers built new […]

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