More evidence of the inefficiency of alternative energy
People who work for solar panel companies account for nearly half of all Americans employed by electricity companies, according to a U.S. Department of Energy’s report released this month.Alternative energy contributes only roughly four percent of the nation's electricity. In contrast, half as many workers produce the other 96 percent of electricity needs. To suggest that alternative energy is a jobs producers is like suggesting that canals and ditches would produce more jobs if the workers used shovels and spoons rather than heavy earth moving equipment.
Solar energy technologies employ 374,000 workers, or 43 percent of the work force, double the number of people who work fossil fuel-based energy companies that use coal, oil and natural gas for electric companies. For purposes of the report, which counted jobs in 2016, the department expanded its definition of solar employees to include anyone who was involved in any aspect of the industry, including manufacturing, installation and distribution.