Monday, January 13, 2014

60 Seconds of thinking on 60 minutes the last clean energy bashing vignette

Monday, January 13, 2014
60 Minutes last weekend, listen to I felt, watching a Saturday night live sketch in parallel universes. The bash-fest from Leslie Stahl seemed co-written by the Koch brothers was to lead supporters of climate deniers organisations and interest groups of the keystone XL pipeline.

But in fact clean energy has still never looked better. The 2013 of the REN21 renewables global status report published on 12 June 2013 completed the global demand for renewable energy sources further increased during 2011 and 2012, an estimated 19 percent of global final energy consumption in 2011 (the last year for which data are available), with slightly less than to supply half of traditional biomass. 2012 The second highest year for investment in renewable energy was added to the up to $244 billion (including small hydro power projects). In developing countries with investments topping $132 Tourbillon there was a continuous upward trend.

Wall Street Journal reporter Keith Johnson wrote in his 22 September 2013 "Six myths about renewable energy" article:

It is also important, the extent of the country's renewable efforts. The United States will have the second largest electricity system in the world, accounting for about 20 percent of generation capacity of around the world. Wind power 5 percent of this cake is a great piece. The approximately 60 gigawatt capacity as installed in the whole country Australia or Saudi Arabia, and as much as throughout Mexico amounted to more electricity generation wind power United States. It is about half as much energy as in France or Brazil.

Job creator

On April 18, 2013, the solar Foundation (TSF) announced the release of its State solar jobs map, a Web-based tool that provides each of the 50 States of the first solar jobs numbers. This new State figures build solar on TSFs national census jobs in 2012, but found that the U.S. solar energy industry employs 119.016 Americans and solar employment 13.2 percent compared with the previous year grew, so that one of the fastest growing industries of the country.

According to industry estimates, wind energy employs 75,000 American workers, including workers at plants along the supply chain as well as engineers and construction workers, the construction and operation of wind farms.

An estimated, about 5,200 jobs lived the geothermal energy Association (GEA) directly geothermal power generation and management in 2010.

The bio-fuel industry employs directly over 87.292 Americans in 2012.

The National Hydropower Association reports, "the hydropower industry is currently around 200,000 300,000 jobs, according to a study by Navigant Consulting Inc. And according to the same study, with the right policies the industry could 1.4 million new cumulative direct, indirect and induced jobs full time equivalents (FTE) up to the year 2025."

According to the National Mining Association statistics, coal production has demonstrable benefits, including direct employment of 204.580 people in 2011.

Silicon Beat 60 minutes article mentions that "it is a token throw away line about Tesla Motors, which has more than 6,000 employees and had a fantastic year by any measure." "But nothing in the piece about Agua Caliente, California Valley Ranch or Ivanpah, massive solar projects not only through were solar 1705 financed the DOE program but are up and running." Note that the United States has 1.3 GW concentrated solar either built or is just built.

And Daniel Kessler's article in the Huffington Post saw it so post: "clean-tech is surpassed fossil fuels for the creation of jobs." Check out two projects: the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and the Ivanpah solar installation in the Mojave. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Keystone XL will create 50 permanent jobs. This is when the threatening our land, water and air. Ivanpah will employ 2,650 job search and 86 operations and maintenance jobs.

In the 60 minutes piece, host Leslie Stahl claims, "there were not many jobs created. The DOE loan program Office estimates, that their investment created or about 55,000 direct jobs are saved."

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