Tonight (Feb. 28) President Donald Trump (R) will deliver his first address to Congress. With the moves he’s already made in office, as well as changes he’s promised, it’s already got plenty of clean energy advocates, as well as advocates for the environment, ready to take action.
Ahead of the speech, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is holding a letter-writing campaign to protect the Environmental Protection Agency. “President Trump is poised to announce massive budget cuts to EPA, crippling the agency's ability to do its job—his latest move in the ongoing assault on our clean air and water, our climate and our fundamental environmental laws,” NRDC stated.
Indeed, this morning, Trump signed papers requesting the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the "Waters of the United States” rule imposed by the Obama administration to protect our waters. Trump said he wanted to eliminate the rule as he recently did for the streams rule. Such actions will reduce regulations and make it easier for polluters like coal miners and power plants to compete with other forms of energy, like solar power.
“Today, Donald Trump is sacrificing the right to clean drinking water for more than 117 million Americans just to make corporate polluters richer,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, in response to Trump’s action. “After just weeks in office, Trump has made it obvious that he could not care less about protecting the water we drink. First, he signed away safeguards protecting our streams from coal-mining waste and now, he wants to gut a rule that protects the drinking water for more than one in three Americans.”
“When President Trump delivers his speech to Congress tonight, he’s certain to mention the economy and jobs. Hopefully he also will give details on what his administration is doing to support one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country: clean energy,” stated E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). That organization introduced a new fact sheet showing the breakdown for millions of clean energy jobs in the US as well as what steps are needed to continue growing jobs in the sector. The fact sheet shows that wind and solar jobs grew 25 percent over last year, and it highlights the broad bipartisan support for clean energy.
That coal mining has been in decline for years is no secret. Clean energy sources—even natural gas—are increasingly able to outcompete coal on cost-effectiveness. As such utilities have turned away from it as an energy source. This has led to a loss in jobs. But clean energy, like solar and wind power, is creating more jobs than the coal industry is losing.
“According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 3 million Americans now work in clean energy—renewables, energy efficiency, clean vehicles and other sectors. That’s more than the fossil fuel industry and many other sectors of our economy,” E2 observed. Its fact sheet includes direct links to the original sources for the facts, which include the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Tweet