28 Apr '17, 3pm

via @ACEEEdc

The New York Times recently reported that the solar industry now employs more people than the coal industry. It made the point well by featuring the accompanying graphic, based on Department of Energy data that track employment in various energy sectors: This finding is interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that the administration has been emphasizing its intention to revitalize the coal industry. If the number of people employed in a sector is the measure of how much attention it should receive, the implication of the Times piece is that solar should be getting more. As big as the solar vs. coal story is, the Times missed the even bigger story. Because, while it’s true that the solar industry employs more people than coal, it’s also true that energy efficiency employs more people than both of them combined. In fact, as our updated graphic sho...

Full article: http://aceee.org/blog/2017/04/coal-big-solar-s-bigger-energy

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