Friday, April 3, 2009

Green Patience

"The solar technology firm BP Solar said yesterday that it will sharply curtail manufacturing...that will result in the loss of 140 jobs...in Frederick and 480...in Madrid."

V.Dion Haynes,"BP Solar Cuts 140 Frederick Jobs...," The Washington Post, April 1, 2009.

This is not an April Fool's joke. I checked. Green jobs may not be leading the way out of the current recession and towards middle class security. Not yet, anyway.

"BP officials said they expect demand to eventually grow...in light of the Obama administration's focus on green energy....But for now,...green energy companies are grappling with excess capacity..."

On the other hand, fledgling green businesses are poking up in Baltimore for deconstruction, site remediation, weatherization, and healthy homes. And the people who are getting many of the jobs are those who may be ignored by other infrastructure investments related to the federal recovery/stimulus.

"...[T]he green-collar economy seems to be setting root in Baltimore, and for at least the next four years, we can count on the federal government to tend it. A green-jobs makeover may not restart Baltimore's acres of idled factories...but it does promise incremental growth...But can it last?"

Greg Hanscom,"A Greener Shade of Blue: Can green jobs bring pride and purpose back to blue-collar Baltimore?" Urbanite,April 2009.

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