Scroll down to read this post.


I am now running my annual July fund-raising campaign to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the establishment of Behind the Black. For many reasons, mostly political but partly ethical, I do not use Google, Facebook, Twitter. These companies practice corrupt business policies, while targeting conservative websites for censoring, facts repeatedly confirmed by news stories and by my sense that Facebook has taken action to prevent my readers from recommending Behind the Black to their friends.


Thus, I must have your direct support to keep this webpage alive. Not only does the money pay the bills, it gives me the freedom to speak honestly about science and culture, instead of being forced to write it as others demand.


Please consider donating by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below.


Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:

If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652


You can also support me by buying one of my books, as noted in the boxes interspersed throughout the webpage or shown in the menu above. And if you buy the books through the ebookit links, I get a larger cut and I get it sooner.

Clean energy industry faces loss of a half million jobs

The beatings will continue until morale improves: The clean energy sector faces the loss of a half million jobs due to Wuhan panic and government-imposed shut downs.

The coronavirus crisis is cutting a savage swath through the U.S. clean energy industry – some 106,000 jobs in the sector vanished in the month of March alone as demand evaporated amid nationwide stay-at-home orders Moreover, that one-month job loss was greater than what the industry gained in jobs in all of 2019.

By June of this year, the clean energy sector may lose up to 500,000 jobs – or 15% of the country’s entire clean energy workforce — according to a study by clean energy advocacy group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), in cooperation with the American Council on Renewable Energy, E4TheFuture and BW Research Partnership.

Let me repeat: More jobs vanished in just March than were created in all of last year.

If the states don’t start reopening soon, this will just be the beginning.

Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • NavyNuke

    Hell of a jobs program you got there. Would be a shame for something to mess it up.

    “It said the number of workers in the sector is more than three times the number employed by the fossil fuel industry.”

    Fossil fuel energy production still accounts for 80% of the generation in the US, green energy the remaining 20%, but you need 3/4 of the generation workforce to man that 20%. Freaking brilliant.

  • Rose

    Not so strange when you consider that one industry is mature while the other is still developing. (To take an analogy to the extreme, how much of Intel’s budget goes into production of its current generation of CPUs vs. the development of subsequent generations, and what are their respective revenues?)

    Subsidies certainly have an effect, but they don’t tell the entire story.

  • Cotour


    If you remember I told about a local 3 electrician I know who was on unemployment, $500 per week, AND as a part of this government attempt to “Help” he, and I know several others in the same boat, receive another $600 per week. So these guys are making $1100.00 per week, netting $4400.00 per month to stay home. All hard working guys. (And I know being a Local 3 electrician may not translate throughout the country)

    Q: These highly trained people from all over the country who build, maintain and make everything run, like those in the energy field, who might also be compensated in a similar manner, how are the company’s that survive going to get them back to work in a timely manner?

    They essentially are justifiably out for the next 5 to 6 months?

    All the government can generally do is throw other people money at a problem and hope for the best. Lets be hopeful that Trump sees this in a different way and manages things as needed rather than allowing the swamp dwelling, paper pushers and desk pilots in Congress from “Helping” and managing things in the way that they tend to do.

  • eddie willers

    So there IS a silver lining.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.