Answering the Call: Wind Powers Jobs & Growth in America’s Heartland

Last year, while overall U.S. jobs grew at a sluggish 1.8 percent, jobs in America’s wind industry grew 16.5 percent — nine times faster. By the end of 2016, U.S. wind employment hit a record-high 102,500 jobs, reaching all 50 states. By 2020, U.S. wind jobs are expected to more than double, to a quarter million, including jobs in communities near wind farms and factories.

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Image: Vestas Wind Technicians Chris Marsh, Will Osborn, both veterans, join Vestas Site Manager Brad Haupert (2nd to 4th on left), other wind workers to launch 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report.

The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming

Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade.

The surge in battery powered vehicles will cause demand for oil-based fuels to peak in the 2030s, Total Chief Energy Economist Joel Couse said at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s conference in New York on Tuesday.

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