FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2017
Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
WASHINGTON – In a move to further National Farmers Union’s (NFU) commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, NFU President Roger Johnson today joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America.
Johnson and NFU will support New Energy America’s engagement with communities and lawmakers in rural America to demonstrate how policies that support the deployment of clean energy create jobs in rural America. While the fossil fuel industry enjoys support from the politicians elected in these states, the data is clear that policies that support reducing emissions are creating good jobs in rural America.
“National Farmers Union members have long been staunch supporters of clean, renewable energy, especially when that energy development puts folks to work on the farm and in rural communities,” said Johnson. “I’m eager to work with my colleagues at New Energy America to ensure the success of the America renewable energy sector for the benefit of American family farmers, ranchers, and their rural communities.”
As part of its launch today, New Energy America released the first Fifty State Clean Energy Jobs Report, which contains a detailed analysis of clean energy jobs in each of the 50 states. The report shows that clean energy jobs outpace fossil energy jobs in 41 states.
“Too often the debate in Washington misses the fact that what is good for clean energy is good for rural America. We will no longer let politicians off the hook,” said Mike Carr, Executive Director of New Energy America. “New Energy America will make sure that rural America knows that clean energy policies are creating jobs in their communities.”
The 2017 Fifty State Clean Energy Jobs Report, and more information about New Energy America, can be found at www.newenergyamerica.org.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.