February 28th, 2017
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
While thousands marched in Los Angeles, California this month, in protest of the presidential executive order to restart construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, a green revolution is quietly taking the world by storm. A heartening new report has found solar and wind jobs are growing 12 times faster than the US economy, with no end in sight.
While staunch Republicans continue to tow the party line in favor of archaic and damaging coal and gas, sustainable energy technology is flourishing not only in the US, but also in China, India and Brazil. Green energy just may be the next gold rush for business and investors alike — with the added bonus of preserving, instead of destroying, the environment. What’s not to like?
Having grown up in California, as well as living in Montana for several years, I’ve seen firsthand how devastating the fossil fuel industry can be. While California is known for its progressive policies and environmentally-friendly legislation, the state has its fair-share of oil field and fracking wastelands. Bakersfield, in Central California, fits the bill as a veritable “hell on earth.” Hot, dusty and bleak, the oil fields span for miles. What once were gentle, golden, rolling hills is now the garbage can of the oil industry.
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