Congressman Tim Ryan Rebuffs President Trump's Climate Regulation Speech

Mar 28, 2017 Issues: Energy, Environment

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan offered a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s climate regulation speech today at the EPA. In this speech, the President announced his intention to roll back most of President Obama’s legacy on protecting our air and water for future generations.

“President Trump’s recent executive actions continue to ignore the massive economic boon that transitioning to a clean-energy economy would bring. In Ohio alone over 100,000 jobs are supported by the clean energy sector, and that number is growing fast – by a rate of 4.9 percent. President Trump needs to stop lying to the American people about how this harmful executive order will impact our job market, and work on ways get coal miners back to work building a new, clean economy,” said Congressman Ryan.

Clean Energy Jobs in Ohio and the Midwest [Clean Jobs Midwest Survey]:

  • Some 568,97 workers are currently employed in “clean jobs” across 12 Midwestern states. These jobs are in renewable energy generation, clean transmission, energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation.
  • In the next 12 months, the region’s clean energy employers project a growth rate of about 4.4 percent, for an additional 25,000 jobs.
  • For employers in the Midwest, finding trained workers has been challenging – about 80 percent of employers surveyed reported hiring difficulty over the past year. Almost a third found hiring “very difficult,” and oft-reported reasons included: lack of experience, training, and technical skills; insufficient qualifications; and a lack of soft skills.