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Colorado Governor: Wind-Turbine Manufacturing Will Replace Coal Jobs

Pueblo Chieftain:

Colorado’s growing wind-power industry could provide jobs to former miners and other coal workers in the state, Gov. John Hickenlooper said after meeting with top Vestas turbine makers Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with The Pueblo Chieftain, the second-term Democrat said the cost of wind, solar and natural gas have made them the cheapest sources of future electric power and that Vestas officials said the wind industry could help employ former coal workers facing a declining industry.

President Donald Trump has promised to revive the coal industry, but Hickenlooper said the cost of mining the dirtier fuel means it will continue to diminish in use.

“Coal is no longer the low-cost fuel,” Hickenlooper said, adding that top Vestas officials said they were interested in providing jobs.

“That’s the growing industry,” he said.

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