Sunday, February 3, 2008
In the United States, the wind energy industry currently employs about 45,000 people and had $9 billion worth of investment last year, which is a 45 percent increase from 2006," says Randall Swisher, executive director of American Wind and Energy Association. Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hilliary Clinton both say that they would funnel federal money into job-training for workers to become experienced in green industries. The Republician candidates also say they have plans to stimulate clean energy, but none have adressed the workforce training for these energy fields. TPI Composite Inc., a company that builds wind turbines, promised to created 300 jobs in three years at a base pay of $12.25 an hour. As long as alternative energy keeps expanding, there will be many future jobs in this field.