While clean energy jobs boom in the midwest, Colorado launched a Green Bank and a federal judge rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline!
A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council released last week found that across the midwest, renewable energy jobs are leading the way while employment in fossil fuel related industries is falling. Most of the rural midwest has more jobs in clean energy, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, than in fossil fuel extraction, refining, generation, and transportation combined. While most of the region either lost jobs overall from 2015 to 2016 or saw minimal job growth, cleaning energy jobs were booming.
To learn more about the movement in the Midwest to create people-powered clean energy and green jobs, visit Soulardarity in Detroit, Michigan.
The Colorado Energy Office is helping launch a “green bank” that will leverage private dollars to enhance and spur investment in clean-energy projects in the state. “Our goal in Colorado is to make sure we have the cleanest air and water possible,” Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement “access to financing capital for clean-energy projects will make our state an even bigger draw for businesses looking to move and invest here.”
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Opponents of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline—from indigenous and environmental groups to local farmers and ranchers—celebrated a win in court after a federal judge ruled last Friday that the fossil fuel giant cannot conduct pre-construction work on the pipeline until the full environmental review ordered last month is complete. The ruling follows a November decision which found that the Trump administration ignored “factual findings related to climate change” and relied on “outdated information” regarding Keystone XL’s threat to endangered species, tribal lands, and regional water resources when issuing a permit for the pipeline.