Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has pitched for providing clean energy jobs to coal miners in the US. He also emphasized on creating more wind and solar energy jobs which he believed will augur well for America and rest of the world, according to a Yahoo Finance report. His statement comes as President Donald Trump had promised to revive the ailing ministry. The British billionaire has said that coal mining was not the nicest of jobs, and coal mining disappeared in UK many decades ago. He also said that coal miners in Britain went into jobs which were far more pleasant, far less dangerous, far better for their health.
‘I doubt that there’s one coal miner that looks back thinking, God, I wish I was down in a coal mine,’the business magnate, climate activist and philanthropist was quoted as saying by Yahoo Finance.
A few days ago, Branson said he gave up beef. “Thought it would be difficult, surprised how little I miss it,” Branson tweeted.
Earlier, Branson had criticized President Trump’s decision to pull US out of Paris climate accord. He called Trump as very naive for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, saying he failed to recognize that clean energy is cheaper than coal and oil and is going to create “massively more jobs.” He also questioned Trump’s decision to put “America First” when there are no barriers to the world’s climate, according to AP news.
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He said on World Oceans Day that many supporters of the Paris agreement “cried” when Trump went against 99 percent of scientists and business leaders. Branson said “we wanted the United States of America to not talk selfishly but to talk about being part of this world which doesn’t have walls, and help us … save it.”