How a Green Energy Revolution in Small-Town America will make Trump Irrelevant

By James and Deborah Fallows | (The Atlantic video Report) | – –

“A move towards sustainable energy is often talked about as an issue for big government, especially during the 2016 election. However, across the United States, progress is being made in biofuel, wind, and solar power at the grassroots. Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows and contributing writer Deborah Fallows travelled to Pennsylvania, California, and Kansas to see how these ventures are moving the nation away from fossil fuels from the bottom-up. In Spearville, Kansas, for example, wind turbines are driving the economy. “Out here, anything under 20 miles per hour is a breeze,” says Kevin Heeke, the town’s mayor. “The wind turbines generate electricity and ship all of it back east.”

This documentary was produced for American Futures, an ongoing reporting project from James and Deborah Fallows. The couple has spent three years exploring small town America by air, “taking seriously places that don’t usually get registered seriously.”

The Atlantic: “A Renewable Energy Revolution in Small-Town America”

3 Responses

  1. It is all well and good that local entities are building renewable energy systems, BUT it is important to note that these energy sources employ very few humans after the construction phase.

    That is, renewable energy systems can not replace the many other types of jobs that have been lost over the last 20 years due to technology and some job transfer to other areas of the USA and/or the world.

    Basically, the rural areas of the USA will continue to depopulate as jobs disappear.

  2. spyguy-Well, conveniently, Trump didn’t mention that (assuming he knew, which he might not have) when he was promising coal jobs. Clinton to her credit told the truth and got vilified for it. Not that she expected to win in KY and WV anyway.

    • Trump’s promise of “jobs” for the rust belt and coal country are 100% pure BS.

      Based on his “TV actor performance” so far, he has no idea that there is no businesses that will locate in those areas. Modern businesses do NOT need warm human bodies to be successful. All they need are:

      – cheap energy

      – cheap land

      – cheap robots (they are getting cheaper and more functional by the hour)

      – decent roads

      – decent web site

      – a product that someone will pay for

      On 29 December, trump was bragging about 5000 jobs which is minuscule in the grand scheme of things because the USA needs several hundred thousand jobs EACH MONTH to keep everyone employed.

      Note that virtually all those “returning jobs” will be in big cities, NOT the rust belt or coal country because those areas do NOT have the people with the talents the “returning” jobs require and the areas are very poor places to live. Companies want the biggest pool of qualified humans they can finds and the rust belt and coal country do NOT have the type of talent companies want and the type of talent they want will not live in the rust belt or coal country.

      I have been a manager in six start-ups and know the problems of hiring quality people even in he SF bay area where live is very nice.

      Companies no longer want “warm bodies” but people with large amounts of skills/talent. This is why millions of jobs have been unfilled for many months in many parts of the USA, even the rust belt and coal country. The USA has millions of no-talent people in the wrong parts of the USA, but millions of open jobs.

      If I wanted a job (I don’t, because I am too lazy), I could get dozens within a few weeks because I have a broad range of skills that I have worked hard to develop. I just do not understand the people that are not willing to develop new skills and move to where the jobs are.

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