Rush Limbaugh continued his bizarre attacks on clean energy innovation today, claiming that the solar and wind energy sectors don’t exist. Limbaugh was responding to a ThinkProgress Green post that noted his role in scaring American customers against the Chevy Volt. He has even claimed that GM is “trying to kill its customers.” Attempting to justify his denigration of the extended-range electric vehicle, Limbaugh said that “all of Obama’s green energy” is a mirage:
The problem with the Volt is just like all of Obama’s green energy, there’s no business there yet. There’s no solar energy business yet. There’s no wind energy yet. It’s not there yet. But we can’t have more oil. We can’t have cheaper gasoline prices.
Limbaugh is wrong. Clean energy isn’t just the future of the 21st century economy, it’s driving the present.
In 2010, global investment in wind, solar, and biomass energy hit $187 billion, exceeding the $157 billion spent on fossil fuel energy. U.S. solar installations more than doubled in 2011. U.S. wind power capacity represents more than 20 percent of the world’s installed wind power. Over 400 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. make components for wind turbines. In July, 2011, the Brookings Institute found that the green energy sector has had “explosive job gains” since 2003.
Limbaugh’s attitudes about energy, like his opinions about women, are stuck in the 19th century.
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The Vote Solar Initiative’s Adam Browning tells ThinkProgress Green: “Solar is a $80 billion dollar global industry. Put another way, that’s 32 times the 2008 US sales of OxyContin.”