Jennifer Granholm says, “Our hair must be on fire” following summer of extensive climate disasters

Jennifer Granholm

Weather changes turn out to be a personal event for a third of Americans this summer. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Jennifer Granholm says on Wednesday.

“Our hair must be on fire,” Granholm says on an occasion for Climate Week NYC. “We have been through a summer — we all have witnessed it — where almost one in three Americans has survived through, now, a weather disaster.”

A representative for the Department of Energy says Granholm was suggesting a Washington Post assessment.

Federal tragedy statements show nearly a third of Americans live in a nation that was stricken by a climate calamity in a three-month time. That comprises the heat dome in the Northwest –

  • Flash floods
  • Drought
  • Wildfires

“There is no way we can hit the snooze button on weather action. This is not our alarm clock turning off. This is a fire alarm code red for humankind, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said,” Granholm mentions.

Serious efforts in order to decarbonize global businesses will be costly and will eventually create jobs, Granholm highlighted on Wednesday.

“By the end of this decade, the international market for clean energy and carbon reduction technologies is going to reach $23 trillion,” says Granholm. “And hence, we want to corner that market by creating clean energy supply chains and solutions here. Which is obtained in America with American labor.”

Those jobs will be situated across the U.S. and would differ in necessary skillset, she adds. The Department of Energy is also at work in order to ensure those jobs would be embodied by unions.

Granholm says that the U.S. can see clean energy change jobs opening for –

  • Engineers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Bricklayers
  • Boilermakers
  • Autoworkers
  • Ironworkers
  • Linemen
  • Journeymen

Fossil fuel energy personnel will have the chance to shift into clean energy jobs, too, she adds.

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