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Green jobs prominently featured in Obama's new stimulus package

Posted by Ada McMahon at Dec 03, 2008 02:05 PM |

 Source: LA Times

Last week, President-Elect Obama announced that upon taking office he will enact an immediate and sweeping economic stimulus plan that will create 2.5 million jobs in 2 years, many of which will be green jobs.

Obama's new plan is beefed up in response to what he now calls "a crisis of historic proportions."

In the weekly radio address, he said the economic stimulus:

"will be a two-year, nationwide effort to jumpstart job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy. We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels, fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.” 

On the campaign trail, Obama adopted the call of Green For All, the Apollo Alliance, and other groups, when he committed to creating 5 million green jobs as part of his energy platform.  But this is the first time that he has indicated that green jobs would be central to his stimulus package, his top priority upon entering office.

According to The New York Times:

Advisers to Mr. Obama say they want to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to act on many of the issues he emphasized in his campaign, including cutting taxes for lower- and middle-class workers, addressing neglected public infrastructure projects like roads and schools, and creating “green jobs” through business incentives for energy alternatives and environmentally friendly technologies.

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Green jobs in southwest Virgininia

Posted by joel venditti at Dec 03, 2008 10:16 PM
I think it would be great to see wind farms or wind generators in this area, we get a lot of wind in these mountains, especially in the wintertime.
Also I wanted to suggest that we not overlook the impact that individual small homestead power generation can have on the big picture. Tax breaks and stimulus incentives for alternative energy tie in systems to the existing power grid using solar panels, wind generators, and small scale hydro generators could help bring about a vast decrease in fossil fuel dependence.
Our area in the blue ridge has lots of little creeks that can be used for individual home electrical generation.

something wrong with posting process

Posted by MRG at Dec 04, 2008 07:54 PM
tryed to post this reply to sw virginia, only it keeps pooping up as though it wont send.

dear joel,

wanted to acknowledge your comments; they are as exact as they are, correct. we share an understanding. have been pursuing the reality you descibe for some time. perhaps we can work togeather. in any event,
best holiday happiness.

Green Energy Jobs

Posted by Ann Charland at Dec 04, 2008 08:03 PM
I agree that our government needs to retool and retrain workers in the manufacturing industry to provide equipment designed with the latest technology for alternative energy. The car manufactures need to start using green technology in personal cars and create new mass transit upgrading rails and cars. Other countries has been doing this for many years. I've watched solar power panels on roofs increase and more and more wind power machines go up everytime I visit Germany in the last 3 years. Now is the time to make the changes in manufacturing. Start with the Detroit manufacturing crisis and keep people working.

green jobs training

Posted by Tim Magner at Dec 11, 2008 12:34 PM
Green jobs are available now and more will be forthcoming (as long as we tell our leaders to support a shift from subsidizing waste and fossil fuels to clean energy). What we need are green skills!

If you know how to install solar panels, if you know how to retrofit a building and make it more energy efficient, if you know how to install a geothermal heat pump, you can get a job today! And more jobs will be available.

So, do two things:
1.tell your elected officials to fund job training
2.go the library and do research and figure out what type of training you want (and start reading up on it)

"growing green minds"

More jobs

Posted by Ariel I at Feb 20, 2009 04:23 AM
This has been his primary agenda on day one. He has promised that he would fix the broken economy. One of his primary targets is to create more jobs in the country. We all want to see an end to a workforce that is in constant need of payday loans because of the debt we're all encouraged to get into. New York City is giving a bailout in the form of worker retraining--for unemployed big wigs from Wall Street. These are the very same people who got us into the mess, already requiring massive payday loans to their now struggling companies. Yes, even though these people have some serious credentials, in the form of a very good Bachelor's degree, they are getting free retraining. Click to read more[…]/.

It's good!

Posted by SW11 at Mar 10, 2009 06:11 PM
The promotion of more green industry and technologies has the capacity to be the saving grace for America. The thing is that our former stock-in-trade, manufacturing, has slipped completely, and in order for this country to return to the state we'd all like to see - as in a very strong middle class that isn't dependent on service industry jobs like retail that create a nation of wage slaves that exalt the executive class and can't afford the means to independence - then we need a new industry to become the pioneering and dominant force in. <a href="[…]/">Green industry</a> gives us this chance. If we can be the leaders in innovation, improvement, and also in maintenance and production of green energy, then we can do some really great things, and this is not only in producing electrical energy, but also in transportation. The all electric car is the far and away future of personal transport (as fossil fuel supplies are going to not only dwindle but eventually disappear not to mention the volatility of the region from which we purchase them) and if GM, Chrysler, and Ford can become the leaders in the field, things will be very good.