Statement of the American Wind Energy Association on U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord

June 1, 2017

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, today released the following statement on the Administration’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord:

“Despite the decision today to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, the wind industry expects to continue as an American economic success story.

“We’re growing and hiring nine times faster than the average industry by providing affordable, reliable and clean electricity. Wind has created over 100,000 American jobs, and we now make parts for turbines in 500 factories across 41 states. Wind already saves American companies and consumers billions a year on their energy bills.

“Current policies will keep wind power growing rapidly through 2020, and we see many positive trends that will continue to drive demand.”

Kiernan last week published an article that lists 16 of those positive trends driving continued adoption of wind power in America. The article may be seen here.

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