Opinion: Wind energy is a growing U.S. job creator

05/24/2013 | Washington Times, The

A recent op-ed in the Washington Times misstated the economics of wind energy, writes Paul Holshouser, finance policy manager with the American Wind Energy Association. The industry has grown by 30% on average annually for the past five years, and creates jobs in rural areas, he writes. "As a result, 80,000 Americans are now employed in the industry, and the wind component-manufacturing chain encompasses 550 facilities spread across 44 states. Because of the size and complexity of each wind turbine, these jobs are well-paid and won't be outsourced," Holshouser writes.

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