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WashPost Fact Checker Calls Out John Kerry

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press briefing at the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 29 January 2021 12:50 PM

The Washington Post is calling out John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate czar, for his remarks about the fastest growing jobs in the U.S.

The Post’s Fact Checker column gave Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, two Pinocchios for his “misleading framing” of potential solar and wind jobs.

It noted Kerry had said this month that before the pandemic the fastest growing job in the U.S. was solar panel technician, and the second-fastest was wind turbine technician.

The post checked the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that first place showed “wind turbine service technicians,” with a projected gain of 60.7%, second place was “nurse practitioners,” at 52.4%, and third place was “solar photovoltaic installers,” at 50.5%.

“Okay, so Kerry has been bungling his talking point a bit,” the Post column noted. “Wind is before solar, not vice versa, and those professions are projected to be the first- and third-fastest-growing jobs, not first and second.”

It pointed out Kerry had also said those in coal mining jobs can do the jobs of solar technicians and wind turbine technicians.

But the Post said the solar and wind jobs are projected to grow by a combined 10,400 new positions in 10 years – leaving 40,000 coal workers still in the mines.

“The projected new jobs in these industries over 10 years amount to just 20 percent of the current number of coal jobs — and they do not pay as well either,” the Post said.

Meanwhile, Federal Aviation Administration records reportedly indicate that the family of Kerry owns a private jet – likely leaving a large carbon footprint.

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The Washington Post is calling out John Kerry, President Joe Biden's climate czar, for his remarks about the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. The Post's Fact Checker column gave Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate, two Pinocchios...
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