More Talk of Green Jobs January 12, 2009Posted by Tom in Government policies, Interesting stories, Technology.
Tags: Green jobs, renewable energy, solar energy, sustainable energy
As I mentioned in an earlier blog about Obama’s new energy plan, one of the goals of the new administration is to invest $150 billion over 10 years in commercialization of hybrids, promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, low emissions coal plants, biofuels and fuel infrastructure. The investment, theoretically, in turn will create jobs and stimulate the economy.
It seems like a great plan in theory, but will it work? Many are speculating that green job production has already begun. According to an article by Greentech Media, a modern day gold rush is ocurring in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. But this time, the rush for land is not for shiny gold metal, but shiny gold sunlight. In fact, the federal Bureau of Land Management has seen a 78% jump in solar energy project applications since last July. As a result, the BLM will soon need more employees to help review the flood of applications.
On the other side of the country, Michigan’s Hemlock Semiconductor Corp., which makes a material for constructing photovaltaic panels, announced last month a $3 billion expansion that could create hundreds of jobs. Some ironic news considering just 80 miles south of Hemlock, Detroit’s automakers are struggling to stay afloat. The Los Angeles Times had an interesting story on the company and the creation of green jobs around the country.
California’s high-speed rail is also another project that is anticipated to create cleantech jobs, although the economic downturn has affected the initial building process and its construction may be delayed until there is enough funding.
Green jobs seem to be popping up around us already, but will the trend continue? And how will it affect our economy? It’s hard to predict in these tumultuous times. What do you think? I would love to hear some more opinions on this topic.