❝ Made-in-the-USA wind power will help keep our economy competitive and our air clean for generations – that’s one key takeaway from the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Report, Year Ending 2015, published by the American Wind Energy Association…
…U.S. wind power now supports a record 88,000 well-paying American jobs. This reflects a 20% growth rate in jobs supported by wind power in 2015 alone.
❝ Last year, you helped us achieve a long-term extension of the primary federal policy incentive for wind power. In doing so, you helped to spur this job growth, and make the future brighter for these employees, and others who aspire to join them. If we succeed in meeting our goal – taking our country to 20% wind power by the year 2030 – the workforce is estimated to grow to 380,000 employees.
How many wind power jobs are in your state? Take a look at the map, and share it with your elected officials.
❝ Texas leads the nation with over 24,000 wind energy employees.
Wind project construction propelled Oklahoma to second place with more than 7,000 jobs.
Rounding out the top five are Iowa and Colorado with over 6,000 jobs, and after moving up 11 spots, Kansas ranks fifth with over 5,000 wind workers.
Maine gained the most in the state wind employment rankings, rising 16 spots.
No need for wind jokes about politicians and other fossil fuel industry pimps. Fact remains, folks fighting for renewable energy sources are winning and we need to keep up the pressure. The creeps whose profits and lifestyle are centuries behind their sell by-date won’t walk away just because they’re losing. They know American politicians can usually be counted on to go to the highest bidder. We have votes to offer. They have dollar$ to spend on election and re-election campaigns.
Same as it ever was – true. But, just as true, we are winning. Our voices and votes count.
Thanks, Mary Kate Francis