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More Green Jobs On The Horizon

By CityTownInfo.com Staff
April 16, 2009

Within the Unites States, hope is high for green jobs, and communities are gearing up in anticipation.

Individuals and government agencies in the U.S. continue to evaluate their readiness for a "Green Economy."  Newsreview.com reports in Reno that while Nevada has everything needed for a Green Economy, it is not completely ready to spend stimulus funds on it, but it is going in the right direction; Nevada colleges, universities and training centers are beginning to develop a green workforce.  One hopeful is Todd Burlingham, an unemployed carpenter who has been building energy efficient houses for years and wants "the papers" to certify his efforts. "It doesn't cost any more to build an efficient house than an inefficient house," he said. "I think it's more dollars and cents than being green."

As reported by The Wilmington Journal [from an article originally located at http://www.wilmingtonjournal.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=95814&sID=4] White House adviser for Green Jobs Enterprise Vann Jones is encouraging African-American communities to prepare for green jobs to replace the jobs lost in the current recession. "Obviously the African-American community has been hit twice as hard by the recession," Jones told The Wilmington Journal during a White House Black Press teleconference last week. "The number for the African-American community is [13.3] percent in terms of unemployment, which is about double the national average." Opportunities for green job training are plentiful, as according to Jones there is $500 million dollars in the Department of Labor budget for green job training.  According to the Chicago Defender, states in the U.S. will receive over $50 billion in federal grants for energy efficiency projects, renewable energy sources and remaking the electrical grid.

Green jobs can be good for low-income workers in particular.  The Massachusetts High Tech Business News reports on five cities that will receive $1 million dollars to provide green jobs under the Massachusetts Commonwealth Green Jobs Act.

According to the LA Daily News the city is considering a plan to make the city a leader in the environmental industry.  If adopted, the city will compete for the Climate Change Center that is under consideration in the California state legislature.

However, not everyone is convinced that green jobs are favorable for the job market.

CNSNews.com reports on a study of Spain's efforts to create green jobs with government money over the last eight years. The study concludes that each green job came at the cost of 2.2 "regular" jobs.  Pat Michaels, professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, said that the U.S. should expect results similar to Spain. "There is no reason to think things will be any different here," Michaels said.  "In the short run you have to ask who is doing the hiring, and in the long run how efficient is it to have people serving technology such as windmills. We are creating inefficiencies."

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