If Donald Trump wants his presidency to bring rising employment, a growing economy, and cheap, abundant, reliable energy to the United States, there are five charts he has to see before he gets down to business, the World Resources Institute advised in a post last week.
“I love charts! I love charts!” Trump told a crowd of supporters during the election campaign. So WRI took him at his word, with diagrams showing that renewable energy costs are falling, solar energy creates more U.S. jobs than oil, gas, and coal extraction combined, states are cutting emissions while strengthening their economies, the U.S. public wants more clean energy, and businesses support clean energy (more than 200 of them in WRI’s telling, more than 600 businesses and investors according to Ceres and Environmental Entrepreneurs).
“Solar energy jobs have skyrocketed, largely due to plummeting prices that have increased U.S. demand,” WRI notes. And “across the U.S., states are decoupling energy use and economic growth. Between 2000 and 2014, 33 states saw their economies grow by an average of 22% while reducing emissions by 12%.”