As renewable jobs skyrocket in the US, so do their immense health benefits. According to a recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, the clean energy industry currently employs more than 2.5 million Americans in sectors like energy efficiency and renewable energy. These findings come at a time where the health benefits of renewables are increasingly apparent – the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported $7.3 billion in savings for 2015 on healthcare costs, such as respiratory issues caused by polluting emissions.
Despite the significant benefits brought on by a burgeoning clean energy industry, there’s still plenty of progress to be made – according to conservation policy analysts, oil production on public lands increased by more than 11 per cent between 2014 and 2015. Following today’s joint announcement from the US and China that they would both sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April, all eyes will be on federal leaders to implement policies that break free from fossil fuels “as early as possible” for a safer and healthier future. @ JUAN COLE