Wind power has become cheaper than coal and natural gas in much of the U.S., and it avoids climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions that put the Midwest’s farms and ecosystems at risk. It’s also an important rural employer in the region. Credit: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Wind turbines have become a familiar part of the landscape in the rural Midwest, and with them have come jobs, income for farmers and tax revenue for communities. They’re one sign of how the clean energy transition is helping to transform areas that sometimes struggle to attract jobs and investment. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows the extent to which clean energy is contributing jobs to the rural economies of 12 Midwestern states. It also reflects what the rural Midwest stands to lose from Trump administration actions that harm clean energy, such as its recent call to eliminate subsidies for renewable energy, its tariffs on solar energy equipment, and its plan to weaken the Obama-era Clean Power Plan . The authors say the numbers underscore the need in the Midwest for government policies that are supportive of clean energy instead. Our stories. Your inbox. Every weekend. In 2017, the latest data […]

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