You know things have shifted in America when wind power now employs more Americans than coal mining. According to Fortune magazine, the number of jobs in the wind industry rose 70 percent over the past year to 85,000, outnumbering the 81,000 working in coal mining. It was a big year for wind as enough wind power came online to power two million homes in 2008. Although wind’s future is uncertain with the global credit crunch delaying some projects, we here at are hoping it continues its explosive growth.

Credit: Fortune magazine article