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The switch to eco-energies creates far more jobs than are lost with the old energy carriers

Worldwide, almost ten million people are now employed in the renewable energy sector – in the solar industry alone 3.1 million, according to a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

"IRENA" is the Greek name for "Peace". Every solar plant, every wind turbine, every biogas plant and every hydroelectric power plant is a sign of peace. Renewable energy protects and preserves nature instead of destroying it as fossil-nuclear energy carriers do. Many wars have been fought over oil.

The alternative is called: Peace through the sun. Basically, no wars can be fought over the sun or the wind. And millions of new jobs through renewable energies also serve the social peace.

It was foreseeable that many new jobs would be created by the energy transition. But the lobbyists of the old energy industry still claim that the energy transition will destroy jobs. Now IRENA can prove that far more jobs are created by the switch to eco-energies than are lost by the old energy carriers.

The prejudice against renewable energies has led to absurd political decisions, especially in Germany – mainly by the former ministers of economics Philipp Rosler and Sigmar Gabriel. To save 20.000 jobs in the old coal industry, they have created 70.000 jobs in the future-oriented solar energy industry. These have since migrated to China.

Since 2012, global renewable energy jobs have increased from 6.9 million to 9.8 million. IRENA expects over 24 million people to be employed in the renewables sector by 2030.

Most jobs from renewables are in China, followed by the U.S., India, Japan, and Germany. Eight years ago, Germany was still ahead.

Renewable energies are developing at an almost sensational rate in the USA. There, as is well known, President Trump is relying on coal. But the solar industry is booming: In the last 12 months, the U.S. Solar industry has grown 17 times faster than the overall economy and has now created 260.000 new jobs.

Maybe even Donald Trump will see the light and stick with the Paris climate agreement. He will have the opportunity to prove this in the coming weeks.

IRENA comes to the hopeful conclusion that renewable energies will develop into an engine of the world economy in the near future. E-mobility will strengthen this development even more.

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