To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms – Renewable Energy World

To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms May 18, 2018 By Jennifer Runyon [Chief Editor] [image: Workers install solar on a roof.] Credit: Pixabay.




On Thursday, May 17, Politico’s Morning Energy lead with the following snippet:
*TRUMP PRESSURES PERRY FOR SOLUTIONS: **Faced with calls from donors to live up to his campaign promises, President Donald Trump is keeping the pressure on Energy Secretary Rick Perry to come up with a plan to bail out struggling coal and nuclear plants…. So far, Perry hasn’t settled on a strategy — but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have options. *
A recent story by Bloomberg goes into more detail about the different options that Secretary Perry is weighing in order to save coal plants, as if coal plants were an endangered species that needs intervention to be kept alive.
And coal plants *are* an endangered species but we don’t *need* to keep them alive. Because one of the biggest reasons that Trump’s base is worried about retiring coal plants is the loss of jobs, and we have plenty of jobs for coal workers – they just happen to be doing something other than mining coal.
A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent.

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