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https://www.fastcoexist.com/3068125/solar-now-provides-twice-as-many-jobs-as-the-coal-industry

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“As solar power keeps getting cheaper—and more and more of it is built as a result—the industry is also an increasingly important source of new jobs, adding workers at a rate nearly 17 times faster than the overall economy. Twice as many people now work in solar than in the coal industry, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Solar Foundation.

While 40 coal plants were retired in the U.S. in 2016, and no new coal plants were built, the solar industry broke records for new installations, with 14,000 megawatts of new installed power. Many of the jobs came from constructing massive solar plants like the Springbok Solar Farm, which is being built on a site that sprawls over 12 miles in the Mojave Desert.

“It’s very labor-intensive,” Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of the Solar Foundation, tells Co.Exist. “It takes hundreds of people to work on some of these large-scale systems, and it takes about 18 months for the systems to go from start to finish.” In some cases, a traveling crew moves from site to site. Other companies focus on hiring local workers, and while large solar farms may be located only in the sunniest places, rooftop solar is creating more construction jobs everywhere.”

Description:

Data shows that solar employs twice as many people as the coal industry does as of 2016, with coal shutting down 40 plants and not adding any in 2016.

Author(s):

  • Adele Peters

Title:

  • Solar Now Provides Twice As Many Jobs As The Coal Industry

Publisher:

  • Fast Company

Date:

  • February 14, 2017

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http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/12/14/most-americans-favor-stricter-environmental-laws-and-regulations/

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“More Americans say environmental regulations are “worth the cost” than say such regulations come at too steep a price, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. These views come amid speculation about what President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees may mean for future regulatory policy.

A majority of U.S. adults (59%) say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, compared with roughly a third (34%) who say such regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy, according to the survey, conducted Nov. 30 to Dec. 5.

Education level and age are both associated with perceptions of environmental regulations. Younger adults and those with more education are more likely than older adults and those with less education to say stricter environmental laws are worth the cost.

Opinion also differs across party lines. Nearly eight-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (78%) see stricter environmental laws as worth the cost, while a majority of Republicans and Republican leaners (58%) say stricter environmental regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.”

Description:

Poll from Pew Research Center showing most Americans favor stricter environmental regulations, broken down by demographics and political affiliations.

Author(s):

  • Kristen Bialik

Title:

  • Most Americans favor stricter environmental laws and regulations

Publisher:

  • Pew Research Center

Date:

  • December 14, 2016

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http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/05/americans-strongly-favor-expanding-solar-power-to-help-address-costs-and-environmental-concerns/

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“As the solar energy industry gears up to add more electricity-generating capacity than any other source this year, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that almost nine-in-ten U.S. adults (89%) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9% oppose it. That sentiment bridges the partisan divide, with large majorities from across the political spectrum favoring more use of this alternative source.

Planned large-scale solar farms are expected to add 9.5 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a government agency that collects and analyzes information about the energy industry. Natural gas is expected to add 8 gigawatts and wind 6.8 gigawatts. And that figure for solar doesn’t count electricity-generating capacity from distributed solar, such as rooftop panels. (In 2015, distributed solar added nearly 2 gigawatts of capacity.)”

Description:

Data from Pew Research Center showing a majority of Americans favor solar energy as a method of saving money as well as to help the environment.

Author(s):

  • Brian Kennedy

Title:

  • Americans strongly favor expanding solar power to help address costs and environmental concerns

Publisher:

  • Pew Research Center

Date:

  • October 5, 2016

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http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/06/23/study-adds-up-benefits-climate-smart-development-lives-jobs-gdp

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“By 2030, the benefits of these three sets of sector policies would include 94,000 premature deaths avoided annually and GDP growth of $1.8 trillion-$2.6 trillion per year. The policies would avoid 8.5 gigatons of CO2-equivalent and almost 16 billion kilowatt-hours of energy saved, roughly equivalent to taking 2 billion cars off the road. Together, these implementing these policies could represent about 30 percent of the total reduction needed in 2030 to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

The four simulated project case studies analyzed local development interventions scaled up to a national level in one country.

For example, in the Brazil landfill scenario, the report uses results from existing World Bank-supported projects in Brazil that are implementing a variety of integrated solid waste management options, including biodigesters, composting, and landfill technology that captures methane to produce electricity. If the same technologies were scaled up nationwide, over 20 years, the study estimates the changes could create more than 44,000 jobs, increase GDP by more than $13 billion, and reduce emissions by 158 million tons of CO2-equivalent.”

Description:

Article summarizing report published by the World Bank analyzing the impact of measures to combat climate change in terms of GDP, jobs, and economic growth.

Author(s):

  • None.

Title:

  • New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP

Publisher:

  • World Bank Group

Date:

  • June 23, 2014

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http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/sustainable-agriculture-definitions-and-terms-1

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“Both positive and negative consequences have come with the bounty associated with industrial farming. Some concerns about contemporary agriculture are presented below. They are drawn from the resources compiled at the end of this chapter. While considering these concerns, keep the following in mind: a) interactions between farming systems and soil, water, biota, and atmosphere are complex—we have much to learn about their dynamics and long term impacts; b) most environmental problems are intertwined with economic, social, and political forces external to agriculture; c) some problems are global in scope while others are experienced only locally; d) many of these problems are being addressed through conventional, as well as alternative, agricultural channels; e) the list is not complete; and f) no order of importance is intended.”

MLA Citation:

Gold, Mary. “Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms.” afsic.nal.usda.gov. United States Department of Agriculture, Aug. 2007.  (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE). <http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/sustainable-agriculture-definitions-and-terms-1>.

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APA Citation:

Gold, M. (2007, Aug.). Sustainable agriculture: Definitions and terms. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved from http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/sustainable-agriculture-definitions-and-terms-1

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http://thebulletin.org/myth-renewable-energy

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“Somehow, people across the entire enviro-political spectrum seem to have reached a tacit, near-unanimous agreement about what renewable means: It’s an energy category that includes solar, wind, water, biomass, and geothermal power. As the US Energy Department explains it to kids: “Renewable energy comes from things that won’t run out — wind, water, sunlight, plants, and more. These are things we can reuse over and over again. … Non-renewable energy comes from things that will run out one day — oil, coal, natural gas, and uranium.”

Renewable energy sounds so much more natural and believable than a perpetual-motion machine, but there’s one big problem: Unless you’re planning to live without electricity and motorized transportation, you need more than just wind, water, sunlight, and plants for energy. You need raw materials, real estate, and other things that will run out one day. You need stuff that has to be mined, drilled, transported, and bulldozed — not simply harvested or farmed. You need non-renewable resources:”

MLA Citation:

Stover, Dawn. “The myth of renewable energy.” thebulletin.org. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 22 Nov. 2011.  (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE). <http://thebulletin.org/myth-renewable-energy>.

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Stover, D. (2011, Nov. 22). The myth of renewable energy. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Retrieved from http://thebulletin.org/myth-renewable-energy

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http://www.oas.org/dsd/publications/Unit/oea79e/ch05.htm

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“Renewable resources include solar energy, wind, falling water, the heat of the earth (geothermal), plant materials (biomass), waves, ocean currents, temperature differences in the oceans and the energy of the tides. Renewable energy technologies produce power, heat or mechanical energy by converting those resources either to electricity or to motive power. The policy maker concerned with development of the national grid system will focus on those resources that have established themselves commercially and are cost effective for on-grid applications. Such commercial technologies include hydroelectric power, solar energy, fuels derived from biomass, wind energy and geothermal energy. Wave, ocean current, ocean thermal and other technologies that are in the research or early commercial stage, as well as non-electric renewable energy technologies, such as solar water heaters and geothermal heat pumps, are also based on renewable resources, but outside the scope of this Manual.”

MLA Citation:

Armstrong, John, and Jan Hamrin. “Chapter 1. Renewable Energy Overview.” oas.org. U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy, n.d.  (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE). <http://www.oas.org/dsd/publications/Unit/oea79e/ch05.htm>.

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Armstrong, J. & Hamrin, J. (n.d.). Chapter 1. Renewable energy overview. U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy. Retrieved from http://www.oas.org/dsd/publications/Unit/oea79e/ch05.htm

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