Trump’s Expected Fossil Fuel Boost Ignores Fast-Growing Clean Energy

WASHINGTON – If, as expected, President Trump touts boosting fossil fuels as the way to lift the economy in his State of the Union address tonight, he will miss the boat. In fact, the true dominance in the energy sector, already helping the economy, is unprecedented growth of clean energy jobs across America.

Ana Unruh Cohen, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, points out the flaws in Trump’s objective in the following statement:

“The president wants to make America ‘energy dominant’ only by ramping up fossil fuels. But he’s utterly ignoring the real dominance, the exceptional growth of clean energy. Already, three million Americans go to work across the country each day to wind, solar and energy efficiency jobs. And the sky's the limit on further clean energy growth—that is, if Trump doesn’t get in the way.

“He shouldn’t. We need to cut the fossil fuel use that’s damaging our health and climate. And we need to accelerate, in every way possible, the transition to clean energy that will provide good jobs, a safer climate and a healthier future for our children.”

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