By Bill Maher
I don’t think anyone has any illusions about this new administration’s position on fossil fuels and the planet, which I think was best summed up by Britney Spears when she said, “Eat it, lick it, snort it, f**ck it.” So, you know, an all-of-the-above approach. That’s why she’s going to make a great Surgeon General. But the Department of Energy just released the latest U.S. Energy and Employment Report, and there’s something interesting tucked in on page 28 (of 84):
Electric Power Generation
Proportionally, solar employment accounts for the largest share of workers in the Electric Power Generation sector. This is largely due to the construction related to the significant buildout of new solar generation capacity. Solar technologies, both photovoltaic and concentrating, employ almost 374,000 workers, or 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation workforce. This is followed by fossil fuel generation employment, which accounts for 22 percent of total Electric Power Generation employment and supports 187,117 workers across coal, oil, and natural gas generation technologies.
There are now more jobs in generating electricity from solar power than in generating it from coal, oil or natural gas. That’s not an “alternative fact.’’ That’s a plain old fact-fact. The idea that burning coal has anything to do with jobs is just a lie. Someone should tell the new Energy Secretary, I’m sure Rick Perry will… oh, never mind.