We have all heard the story from the opposition about how renewable energy will take away crucial jobs from the coal and oil industry, that green energy will literally strip away thousands of American jobs. Yet, research shows that investing in renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power will generate over twice as many jobs that will be created from investing in coal and oil. The biofuel industry shows three times as much promise than the natural gas industry to create new jobs.
The job creating potential of these industries is much more significant when one notes the number of veterans who enter the industry. While the veteran unemployment rate has fallen to the 9 percent range, the reality for returning veterans is still quite harsh with many struggling to find jobs.
However, many companies have begun recruiting veterans into their workforce with the green sector taking a lead. Over the past few years, renewable energy has become one of the biggest employers of returning veterans, who have found work building wind turbines or installing solar panels.
Veterans are an important part of the green sector workforce as such jobs like the manufacturing or maintenance of wind turbines and solar arrays require skill sets that are similar to those that service members learn during their time in the military. Thus, veterans are as important to the industry as the industry is important to the veterans. And it is for this reason that we must make an effort to protect the green sector.
Coal and natural gas are a significant part of our economy and will continue to remain so. However, it is important to remember that our dependence on traditional forms of energy should not deter us from investing in these alternate sources. Green energy not only creates new jobs but creates jobs for our veterans.