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21 Reasons Our New Secretary Of State Can't Stop The Clean Energy Freight Train

Rex Tillerson, the 40-year ExxonMobil employee and ex-CEO, has been confirmed by the Senate as Donald Trump's Secretary of State. Sure, essentially his only job has been working for an oil company. He was appointed by one of the most rabidly anti-environment administrations in modern American history. And he is a close friend to Russia who is desperately hoping Tillerson will help prop up their tenuously fossil fuel-reliant government! But Rex is just one diplomat, from one country, as the world is turning towards cheaper, cleaner, safer renewable energy. Here are just a few reasons he's not turning this clean energy ship around.

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1. Renewable energy has surpassed coal to become the largest source of global electric capacity.

Via iea.org

3. 194 countries have signed the Paris Climate Agreement, and it's been ratified by 123 countries, representing over 80% of global emissions.

That's a lot of countries committing to reduce emissions and limit warming to the 2 degree celcius threshold.
Via climateanalytics.org

That's a lot of countries committing to reduce emissions and limit warming to the 2 degree celcius threshold.

4. And last year at the Marrakech climate conference, 48 countries committed to move to 100% renewable electricity.

Great progress at COP 22: 48 countries commit to 100% renewable energy. #Go100RE #1o5c #COP22… https://t.co/Ne4MchnJiG

8. UK Solar also beat coal for 6 months of the year.

Even though it can be a wee bit foggy.

10. ...and powering an entire island in American Samoa.

View this video on YouTube

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12. Around the world, solar microgrids are surging - already reaching 10% of those living off-grind in Africa.

Fossil fuels have left 600 million people in the dark!

14. The US electric industry now employs more people in clean energy than in oil, gas and coal combined.

Whoa, amirite?

15. Electric cars sales are growing... fast.

Vroom vroom. (Said silently because electric cars are also quiet.)

17. Health gains from switching from dirty fuels are massive, and increasing the urgency for action.

That's six and a half million a year.

20. Global investment in renewable energy was more than twice that of fossil fuels in 2015

Or as those hippies at Bloomberg put it "Wind and Solar are crushing fossil fuels."

Or as those hippies at Bloomberg put it "Wind and Solar are crushing fossil fuels."

22. But don't take our word for it.

President Obama says clean energy progress is "irreversible."

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