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At Donald Trumps State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he didn’t touch on the topic if Climate Change. But he did however get his time to promote what he called “beautiful clean coal”. Continuing to push an industry that is dying because our society is switching to clean renewable energy sources. Plain and simple: theres no such thing as “clean coal”.
According to the United States Energy Information Agency, coal is the leading contributor in producing CO2 out of any other source in the US energy sector.
In 2016, emissions of carbon dioxide by the U.S. electric power sector were 1,821 million metric tons, or about 35% of the total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions of 5,171 million metric tons.
Back in 2016, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs. The coal industry, which has shed jobs since 2012, primarily due to competition from cheap natural gas, employed just over 160,000 workers nationwide. About 54,000 coal jobs were in mining.
Jobs created in 2016 by sector
(Photo via NYT)
Donald Trump and his administration keep attempting to find excuses to keep propping up fossil fuels instead of evolving with the rest of the world and converting to renewable energy sources. Across the country renewable energy is hiring and employing more people than the fossil fuel industry. Our representatives & leaders should be taking note and making moves forward to protect our environment through investing in clean energy.