The figures had it that the United States is second to China in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. With many ecological disasters the US has recently become involved to, many American citizens have actively supported efforts reduce the nation’s dependency on non-renewable power source and look for alternative energy sources that are way cheaper and safer. The Pew Research Center Poll has revealed that 87 percent of Americans favor energy sources coming from solar and wind power because it creates a new wave of green jobs and eco business opportunities.
In one of Progressive States Network’s Stateside Dispatches, it is shown that adding more renewable energy systems will help in decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the atmosphere, produce more employment in the green sector, free up more power to energy providers to sell to consumers.
The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or commonly known as the Stimulus or Recovery Act has proven itself to provide green certified jobs. The act provided $85 billion total investment on clean energy research and development and transportation. Help to modernize current power grids to support the new and emerging renewable power source and prepare community infrastructures from this change.
Solar and wind energy market is continuously providing new energy stock and green certified jobs than ever before. These renewable power sources provide clean energy and are less costly because the source itself is technically unlimited and easy to gather. The US hopes to make take 10% of the total power consumption from solar power by 2030. The 39% increase of industries dedicated to wind power also translates to more jobs with now half of the spare parts used to build turbines are now manufactured in the US compared to 25% in 2004. The 50% increase also helped in job generation.
Texas leads all US States in the amount of power it generates from wind turbines. It generated power around 9,410 megawatts in 2009 and will continue to increase as more turbines are built. This number is three times bigger than Iowa, the other US State with a big share in wind power market. California, Washington, and Minnesota follows.