Renewable energy organizations and companies are ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump (R). Over the past eight years, the renewable industries like wind and solar power have grown from handfuls of fledgling companies to strong companies employing hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Early indications show that renewable energy industries may face a tough time in a Trump presidency, with his pledges to bring back coal and increase fossil fuel production. But the industries are ready to work with him and protect the jobs and investments they’ve fought hard for.
"We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump for his victory in this historic election. The solar industry, born in America, is creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments across American communities. SEIA's 1,000 member companies—the great majority of which are small businesses—will continue to innovate and provide clean, competitive, reliable, and affordable energy for all Americans,” said Tom Kimbis, interim president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Solar, in particular, has seen the greatest rise in the number of created. In the National Solar Foundation’s most recent annual jobs census it found that the US had 208,859 solar workers by November 2015. That represented a growth rate of 20.2 percent over 2014. Moreover, it anticipated continued growth in 2016 to 239,625 workers.
That’s in sharp contrast to fossil fuel industries. Earlier this year, for instance, CNN and other media outlets reported the solar industry alone now has three times more jobs than the coal industry and that oil and gas firms cut 17,000 extraction jobs in 2015. CNN added that oil prices had fallen 70 percent in a year and a half, with oil costing just over $30 a barrel.
Other supporters of renewable energy also said they are ready to work with Trump. ”The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) stands ready to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to keep America's renewable energy industry strong,” said Gregory Wetstone, ACORE CEO. “With hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and U.S. investment levels over $44 billion last year, the renewable energy industry is a crucial part of our country’s economy and a mainstream source of affordable electricity for millions of Americans. Working with our members, including many of the nation’s leading companies and energy industry investors, ACORE will actively engage the new Administration and Congress to ensure that Americans have increasing opportunities to save, work, and prosper through renewable power.”Tweet