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Solar Energy Now Creates More Jobs in America Than Any Other Industry

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  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Solar Energy Now Creates More Jobs in America Than Any Other Industry

    There probably won't be much of a market for video tape either.
     
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    Old_Trapper70 Well-Known Member

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    Vinyl records are coming back though.

    Did you know that the first electric car was invented in the 1830's, and the "photo-voltaic" cell was invented in the 1840's? In fact, if not for the sudden discovery of an abundance of oil we would be driving electric cars today.
     
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    I would imagine that in 20 years the internal combustion engine will be a museum piece
     
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    Coal jobs are coming back here and abroad.
     
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    *********. Technology, and natural gas, along with renewables, are still eliminating coal jobs.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/pruitt-epa-coal-jobs-exaggerate/529311/

    But Pruitt’s statistic wasn’t just flagrantly incorrect. It’s being used to support a nonsensical argument that the United States should orient its global policy based on a sector employing 0.03 percent of the economy, as there are fewer coal mining workers than there are people employed at Carl's Jr. franchises or Disney World.

    Quite simply, the coal sector has added about 1,000 jobs since October 2016—not 50,000. Coal could not have added 50,000 jobs in the last eight months, since that is essentially the size of the entire coal industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pruitt’s statistic would otherwise imply that entire coal mining industry started in October. (Perhaps he meant 50,000 total mining jobs, but the vast majority of those positions have nothing to do with coal jobs; indeed, natural gas-mining workers might even be replacing them.)


    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/business/energy-environment/coal-miners.html

    BOBTOWN, Pa. — When Nic Zmija applied for a job at the 4 West coal mine three years ago, he was tantalized by a fat raise and a secure future. Once hired, he was told that someday even his two young sons had jobs waiting for them.

    “It all sounded good,” Mr. Zmija recalled with a tight smile while sitting at his kitchen table the other day. “They said my kids would be able to retire here.”

    But right after New Year’s, management announced that the mine would have to close, leaving 370 workers scrambling to find new jobs. The Zmija family must now prepare to move in search of the next coal job.

    The fateful turn of events in Appalachian mining towns like Bobtown, isolated between craggy bluffs and wooded hills 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, illustrates the seemingly relentless downturn of the coal industry. While President Trump has offered some regulatory relief to the industry, market forces still dictate a gloomy future — one largely shaped by the glut of cheap natural gas yielded by the drilling boom in shale fields near here and across much of the nation.
     
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    Solar will become little more than a novelty when the government money dries up...and it will. Wherever government is laying out billions tends to create jobs..till the money is gone and the market points out that it was a bad idea in the first place.

    It was entirely predictable and completely unsurprising that the nations who jumped on the renewable bandwagon would suffer blackouts, and some of the most expensive utility bills on the planet. As is the case with most liberal ideas, the reality of them tends to most hurt the people who can least afford to be hurt.
     
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    That was what they said about oil when it was first discovered, or about the automobile when it was created.

    As is the case with most braindead numbnuts the future is blind to them. Then again, truth, and reality, are beyond your grasp:

    https://www.solarpowerworldonline.c...cale-solar-costs-declined-30-since-last-year/

    https://www.theguardian.com/busines.../05/solar-power-africa-sun-electricity-crisis
     
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    Also note these were 2016 numbers.
     
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    Lord, you are such a fool, and just keep on proving it. Cost of solar has gone down even more in the past two years, but hey, don't let reality spoil your wetdream.
    But I didn't use 2016 numbers so how would you know.
     
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