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Solar Jobs Roughly Equal Coal Jobs in the U.S.

Good jobs in the solar industry are on the rise, while coal plants keep retiring. But what do those sunny numbers hide?

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There’s about as many U.S. jobs in the solar power industry as the coal industry, Vox pointed out yesterday. According to the Solar Foundation, as of 2014 there were more than 173,000 people employed in creating, selling, and installing solar panels on American homes and businesses. Vox’s Brad Plumer compared that to the miners, power plant workers, and transporters in the U.S. coal industry and found that number to be roughly equal, though he admitted to “this isn’t a perfect comparison.”

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How Close Do You Live to Toxic Coal Emissions?

A new interactive map from the Sierra Club lets you see just how close you and your loved ones live to the toxic emissions from coal-burning plants.

The Sierra Club's brilliant and effective Beyond Coal campaign just released this new interactive map that shows the location of every coal plant in the country.

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The World's First Carbon Tariff. Sort of.

This is interesting (and encouraging) news: The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but...

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