Welcome to Day 4 of #AmericanWindWeek! Today, we’re saluting the many veterans who play an integral role in wind energy’s American success story. Wind is powering career opportunities for the men and women who serve our country.
Our country’s brave servicemen and women make us proud. Many of them selflessly enlisted in the armed forces and served our country honorably. That is one of the many reasons the wind industry is proud to hire veterans at a 67 percent higher rate than the average U.S. industry.
Many of the skills and knowledge service members learn while doing their jobs serving our country make them a perfect fit for a career in wind. Constructing and operating wind farms requires technical know-how, an appreciation of safety protocol and a strong commitment to the team and mission. Wind companies recognize those skills in our veterans.
Wind jobs are growing fast. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine technician is the second-fastest-growing job in the country. That means more opportunities for veterans to make a career switch or to find work after returning to civilian life. These jobs in renewable energy offer them a way to continue their service while providing for their families and communities.
While we celebrate the benefits of wind power during American Wind Week, U.S. wind power wants to recognize and thank the more than 114,000 wind workers across the country, especially veterans working in the industry. These are the people who make wind power and America’s transition to clean, renewable energy possible.
A recap from yesterday
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) August 14, 2019
— Senate Energy GOP (@EnergyGOP) August 13, 2019
Great to be with @NKChamberRI @RI_DLT @KongUSA in #BristolRI today to celebrate #americanwindweek & the many environmental & economic benefits of #offshorewind to RI. #WindWinRI #jobtraining pic.twitter.com/xEIQDZwTSb
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) August 13, 2019
It’s #AmericanWindWeek. Wind power is a crucial component of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and supports #Arkansas jobs. I recognized this week with a tour at the @LMWindPower production facility in Little Rock that manufactures wind blades used across the region. pic.twitter.com/upWMLGJYRc
— Senator John Boozman (@JohnBoozman) August 14, 2019
— SandiaEnergy (@SandiaEnergy) August 13, 2019
In honor of #AmericanWindWeek, let’s give a shout-out to our colleagues across the US, who everyday turn zany, whiteboard ideas turn into next-generation wind turbine blades! Hear how it’s done from three engineers in #NewOrleans: https://t.co/82eieyRGgY #WeKnowBlades @AWEA pic.twitter.com/EfEPzD2dg9
— LM Wind Power (@LMWindPower) August 14, 2019
Here’s a fact: In our state alone, the amount of greenhouse emissions we save from using wind is the same as if we took 1.7 MILLION cars off the road.
We need to continue the push for wind power. Any serious plan to fight climate change requires it. #AmericanWindWeek
— Senator Tina Smith (@SenTinaSmith) August 14, 2019