Trump decision could subtract from 8.1 million clean tech jobs


TURBINE jobs smallMore than 8.1 million people were working in renewable energy worldwide during 2016, a 6% increase over a year before, compared with a decline of 18% for the oil and gas sector. In China, the numbers were 3.5 million people in renewables, compared with 2.6 million for oil and gas. Bloomberg said that 350,000 people were laid off in the oil and gas sector in the US between 2014 and 2016.2 Renewables create the most jobs and they create local jobs.



CALIFORNIA SOLAR GROWTH SMALLER 2Not only are these real immediate jobs, but Trump could theoretically eliminate USA jobs in the future by limiting the country’s participation in the development of expertise, investment leadership, supply chain growth and so on, in a clean tech sector that will be worth trillions within a couple of short decades. One example: there are more than 2,754 solar companies in California, employing 75,598 people. In 2010, there were a couple hundred installations, in 2012 more than a thousand. In 2014, there were about 3500, and in 2016 more than 5000. In other words, 20% annual growth. And it’s expected to grow twice as fast, or by 200% over the next five years. All states and countries are actively competing for this work. It’s just business and ordinary technological change.

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Trump cannot change economic reality

People have been asking me about the impact of Donald Trump’s election on the new energy age. Despite panic in many parts of the environmental movement, not much is likely to change.

The bottom line on Donald Trump is that about 60 million people voted for him so that America could serve notice to the world that they are no longer going to pay to police the globe or keep shipping all their low wage jobs out of the country. Instead they will ship brown and black people out. But the Trump administration cannot change what is essentially an economic shift to cheaper, better, energy technology. There are now more Republicans benefitting from clean tech than any other political sector. One quarter of the country’s wind turbines are found in Texas. Republicans recently voted to extend the 30% tax credit on renewables for another 5 years.

Despite his claims to the contrary, Trump is a politician, while clean tech growth is moving beyond the political arena and is increasingly dependent on a very favourable and unstoppable economic wind.

Trump is 72 and has thrown in with some even older, still wealthy and powerful oil and gas people, so due to their actions the move into electric vehicles might be slower in the rural areas and in the least progressive states. Even the Detroit carmakers are going to realize that Trump can’t change the regulatory approach of progressive states and the progress of their European, Asian, and Californian competitors

The talk about coal is nothing but bluster and/or wasted subsidies. Coal is economically and technologically obsolete. And the fate of the oil and gas market is similarly sealed. It will dramatically shrink over the next few decades.

There is nothing Trump can do to prevent renewables winning in the power sector or clean tech pervading the building sector. And in the long run he may slow the electrification of transportation, but probably not by much.

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How can I win in the new energy age?

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ALTRUISM VS. PRAGMATISM  Some of my environmental friends want me to be altruistic all the time. Well I am pretty altruistic. That’s why I spend most of my personal and professional time working on education about climate change. But you’ll notice the word ‘professional’ in the above sentence because often I get paid for writing articles and making videos about clean tech, government sustainability policy and energy economics. I do it so I can pay my mortgage and my son’s tuition just like a lot of other people in the world. Self interest is the reality most of us live with, so it’s important to understand that now that the Paris climate change commitments have been made, we’re about to embark on a very fast, exceedingly dramatic worldwide economic transition, that will likely affect the personal finances of most of us.

The good news about the clean tech revolution is that it is quite simply technological change. It’s no different than the introduction of agriculture, the wheel, the telephone, the lightbulb, the internet or the mobile phone. But adoption might be blindingly fast. Some people got rich on all of those big changes, most didn’t. Some people became more efficient or had to radically change the way they do their jobs or run their businesses because of technology change.

An earlier career for me involved advertising agencies. When the Mac computer or digital photography or PhotoShop came along, these advances changed our business, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. It depended on how we reacted; on whether we wined and complained or recognized the opportunity.

THE END OF OIL WILL BE A BIG, FAST CHANGE  In the next 3-4 decades the entire world is going to be hit by the shift of our main economic trading currency away from coal, oil and gas, toward cleaner energy, building and transportation systems.You may think this is all going to come at you pretty fast and you might be thinking, “I’m just not prepared.”

Are there ways that I can save a bunch of money during this shift? Can I avoid buying into something that’s an unproven debacle? Can I maybe even cash in on this big shift by getting myself into a business that is poised to do well?

IT’S PRETTY EASY & YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO WIN  The answer to all those questions can be found in the pages of a book I’ve just spent 15 years researching. Through expert interviews, case studies and top 10 lists, it will help you easily review the nuts and bolts of clean tech that works, financing programs that work, and wannabe stuff that needs more development, and should be avoided.

You know, all the arguing over climate change is now ending. It’s time to get to work and make something out of cleaner electricity, cleaner heating and cooling, cleaner transportations systems. Click here and order a copy of my book and video app. It will help you with all of the above, and provide a top 10 list of priority actions for someone in your profession or your circumstances.Comic signed




My 5-Year Old Asked…

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Do We Know HOW to fight climate change?

Ok we’ve finally agreed to get serious in the battle against climate change. Do we know HOW?

The top 10 lists are welcome, according to the first few backers of my new book. When I started interviewing experts about climate change more than 15 years ago, I didn’t have any idea what were the priorities; so I asked.

Years later, after hundreds of interviews I’m finding out that other people are like me. They know we have a problem. They know we all have to participate. The question is, HOW?

They agree the information on the best action steps is valuable so they can help fight climate change, save money on their bills, and maybe even cash in a bit on the clean tech revolution.

So based on the early feedback from my backers, I’ve created the new promo below for my new book, video app and kickstarter campaign. Please visit the campaign using the book title “STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE” at Please also share the link with your friends. Thanks for your support.

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It’s time for shameless promotion of an important project

OK I’m sure I’m breaking all the rules of social media, online marketing, etc., but it’s time for me to promote something that I’ve been working on for 15 years and is obviously very close to my heart.

You see we don’t really need to talk any more about what we’re doing wrong with climate change. Now we need a step-by-step how-to guidebook to do things right.

People who know me are aware that I’ve built a career as a green journalist and videographer, interviewing experts on clean technologies, green government policies and global energy economics. Now I’ve started a book, a video app and a kickstarter site to get some momentum and some attention in the right places.

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I’m doing it because I care about the planet and I believe you do too. And also of course because it’s a career –So there’s some self-interest (or more accurately self-preservation, I’m not getting rich). Regarding your self interest: Click on the project and arrange to download your Top 10 List and you will no longer feel like you’re not really sure what we should do first, what will make the most impact, how you can personally benefit from the coming clean tech business bonanza, and so on.

I’m announcing it now and doing it now because we seriously need it now. World leaders and corporations know we’re running out of time and are finally ready to stop asking: “Should we fight climate change?” They are finally asking instead: “HOW should we fight climate change?”

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but in my online and real world travels around the climate change world I’ve found lots of really great people with valuable information that answers this question. But I’ve found way more people who just don’t have a clue. It’s my personal mission in life to connect the former with the latter and spread the climate change solution gospel.


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I’m using TOP 10 LISTS (backed by solid detailed research and expert opinions) because I’m trying to do it in a very easy-to-read way (with easy to view videos); because there are just too many people telling us that it’s complicated, when it’s not. It’s formidable and challenging and requires the commitment of us all; but it’s not that complicated. The experts and I have compiled different TOP 10 LISTS for different people such as homeowners, business owners, policymakers, city planners, corporate executives, teachers, media people, stand-up comics, community organizers, etc. We have all the solutions we need to meet the challenge. We just need more of what everybody on the planet has to give: political will.

So please go look at this project and take action now to become part of the solution.