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Green energy money flows to the Republicans

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>> We also cancel millions->> Donald Trump may be a climate change skeptic but that's not stopped the renewable energy industry from funneling money to the Republican party. In fact, for the first time ever, US wind and solar companies gave more money to Republicans than Democrats in the 2016 election cycle.
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Reuters' Nichola Groom followed the money.>> Republican federal candidates got $225,000 and Democratic federal candidates got $185,000 from the wind and solar industry packs in the 2016 federal election cycle. And this was the result of years of work on the part of these industries to broaden their appeal beyond Democratic strongholds like California and the Northeast into more Republican leading states.
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>> Recipients include 34 house Republicans and 19 Senate Republicans and is not just about being green.>> Jobs in the wind and solar industry have increased dramatically over the last decade or so. The industries now employ more than 300,000 people and that's about five times as many people as are employed in coal mining for instance.
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And renewable energy has been growing very rapidly in Republican states just as well as Democratic states.>> In addition to job creation, the industry is also trying to hook conservatives skeptical of climate change with arguments about increasing national security with homegrown energy alternatives to reduce the reliance on oil imports.
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Now solar and wind companies will have to wait to see how much their donations will help shield them from the Trump presidency, but they could be off to a rough start. One of Trump's potential picks for energy secretary is Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm, a vocal opponent of renewable energy subsidies.