With Our Health and Billions at Stake, Black People Need to Join the Clean-Energy Revolution Now [News]
At this point, only about 7 percent of solar workers are Black. (Getty Images – Tim Pannell /Corbis/VCG
Despite the Trump administration’s disdain for renewable energies and promotion of fossil fuels like coal, the current revolution in clean energy is showing no signs of slowing down. The Solar Foundation recently reported the number of solar jobs increased by an unprecedented 25 percent from 2015 to 2016 to produce a total of 260,077 workers nationwide. During the same period, the number of solar jobs increased in 44 states—including a 15-percent increase in the Atlanta metro area alone—and, in 2016, the American solar industry totaled $154 billion in economic activity. Similarly, the production of wind power has tripled over the past decade and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists wind turbine technician as the fastest-growing occupation in the country.
Given such energetic trends, some believe it is essential for the Black community to become more involved in the renewable energy movement, an arena where only an estimated 7 percent of solar workers are African-American.
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