Wind manufacturing employs around 20,000 people across the country. As Wyoming bleeds fossil fuel jobs and revenue, it wants to attract this industry. But right now, the state doesn’t have any of these jobs. Just across the border, Colorado is home to thousands.
Peabody Energy is one of the largest coal companies in the world and operates mines all over the United States. But some of its senior lenders are now recommending bankruptcy, as the company faces potential defaults on several loans.
With wind projects planned from Wyoming to Iowa to Oregon, there’s growing demand for skilled technicians to install and repair the wind turbines. But a unique skill set is required — the fearlessness of a pro rock climber along with the know-how of a skilled mechanic.
The Environmental Defense Fund released a report this week on the growing industry of detecting and reducing methane emissions. As drilling companies look to natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal, its main component, methane, is a cause for concern. Methane mitigation companies are turning this concern into profit and jobs.
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