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Bruce Nilles, senior director of the Beyond Coal Campaign for the Sierra Club, said that climate change has been his organization's first priority, and coal is the top culprit. According to Trevor Houser, partner at Rhodium Group and visiting fellow at Peterson Institute, coal accounted for about 50% of electricity generation for most of the past three decades. Focusing on the Northwest, Ross Macfarlane, senior advisor at Climate Solutions, said that about two years ago the coal industry identified a key strategic initiative of shipping coal from the Powder River Basin to China. Looking toward the future, Nilles said that while there are 150,000 people working in the coal industry, there are as many working in the wind and solar industry, and they are just getting started. "In terms of scale, clean energy is doing far more than the coal piece in terms of jobs."