24 Sep '11, 11am

Getting the facts straight on green jobs:

Getting the facts straight on green jobs:

A lot of people already have green jobs. Brookings found that there are currently 2.7 million jobs in the clean economy, as broadly defined to include not just mature industries like manufacturing, transportation, and public services, but also emerging industries like solar, wind, and battery technology. It also includes conservation and restoration jobs. That's 2.7 million people who have jobs because their employers, cities, or states -- or their country, through the Recovery Act -- prioritized moving away from dirty fossil fuel use and toward mass transit, or clean energy, or energy efficiency services -- or because they have realized they need to clean up the mess left by generations of fossil fuel use. Green jobs are part of a growing, not a shrinking, sector of the economy -- and some green industries are growing incredibly fast. Broadly defined, the clean economy --...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-jobs/2011-09-24-getting-the-fa...

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