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While the world was reeling and dealing with the outcome of the November 2016, an election won by a man who claims to value jobs over the environment and the climate, wind energy was quietly sneaking into fourth place as the source of electricity in America. In 2016, for the first time, wind energy became the leading source of renewable energy, surpassing hydroelectricity in total output. Here’s how the comparison to hydroelectric capacity looks in in graph form: Wind capacity was increased by 8,203 megawatts in 2016, bringing the total capacity in the U.S. to 82,183 megawatts. 79% of that additional capacity was installed in the fourth quarter of the year during the time when Donald Trump was doing his own version of Sarah Palin’s “drill, baby, drill” charade. Despite Trump’s rhetoric about saving the nonexistent jobs of coal miners who have been systematically replaced by automation in their industry, the real job growth in the energy sector, even in rural areas, is in wind: Over

Source: Wind energy passed hydroelectric in 2016, became the 4th largest source of U.S. electricity, employs over 100K workers | Eclectablog

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