According to the Energy Department, wind energy made up 43% of new electric additions last year, making wind one of the most important sources of energy.
Wind energy has emerged as the fastest-growing source of energy in 2012 in the U.S. according to the Los Angeles Times. The wind power industry has grown exponentially, doubling in capacity between 2011 and 2012.
The rise of the wind power industry has added jobs for workers in the field—it is estimated that 80,000 people have jobs related to the industry.
The country’s growth in the wind power industry is in part thanks to Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The purpose of this plan is to cut carbon pollution through several means including the expansion of renewable energy sources.