03 Mar '12, 4am

Wind Power Creates Jobs – Does Coal Kill Them?

Wind Power Creates Jobs – Does Coal Kill Them?

In November, 2011 a staffer for Colorado’s governor was defensive about coal mining. She said “Wind will be big someday, but today coal is important.” Something smelled fishy. Would the Rocky Mountain state let coal blight tourism? Coal provides just 2,247 jobs. Wind power supports 6,000; tourism, 278,000! Nationwide, coal employs 174,000. That includes everyone: miners underground, engineers driving trains hauling the filthy stuff, even the guy who sweeps the floor at a power plant. Wind power – smaller but growing – already provides more than half that number. Can we dent unemployment if we go hog wild and make most of our electricity from wind? If we boost clean power to just 20%, would we create 850,000 jobs? That is half of all unemployed construction workers. 850,000 jobs. No downside. Let’s not hold job growth and clean air a hostage to a very small industry. For 25...

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