A pretty inept, sorry way of fighting on behalf of American workers.
President Trump’s budget slashes investment in clean energy — the biggest new source of sustainable high-wage employment in the world.
In contrast, China’s latest five-year energy budget invests $360 billion in renewable generation alone by 2020. Beijing calculates the resulting “employment will be more than 13 million people.”
Trump’s self-proclaimed “America First” budget released (March 16) zeroes out key Department of Energy (DOE) clean-tech programs:
– the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which invests in innovative clean technology
– a program to improve manufacturing for clean cars, and
– the loan guarantee program, which jump-started large-scale U.S. solar deployment, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution, and companies like Tesla.
Comment below fold.
From Mac Hall: Hey there are energy jobs coming to America … may be you missed it but Mike Pence is in Ohio right now … and there is a report that 15 new full-time employees will be added to the utility system staff at The Ohio State University. Oh, it should be mentioned that Ohio State is about to privatize its energy that is used on campus for the next 50 years. And it should be mentioned that this was an open bidding process … all three were foreign concerns … and the winner is ENGIE-Axium, a French company. The Ohio State Board of Trustees will meeting on April 7 to approve the lease and receive the $1.015 billion upfront payment immediately. Privatization is not new at Ohio State … they previously sold off its parking operation in a 50-year, $483 million deal.
The University of Oklahoma is the only other public university who has an outside company run the operation of its utilities. In 2010, Oklahoma leased the control of its utilities for 50 years, worth $118 million.