Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Green Job Hunting

"A big part of the promise of the clean energy economy, and justification for all the state subsidies, is jobs."

Michael Jonas, "Seeing Green," CommonWealth, Vol 15, No 3, 2010

"A state [MA] study in 2007...showed 14,400 jobs in 556 clean tech 'entities.' The report projected growth of clean tech jobs of 20 percent..."

"A report last year from the Pew Charitable Trusts counted 1,912 green businesses in Massachusetts with a total of 26,678 green jobs.

"The New England Energy Council produced a report last year that projected that...weatherization work will increase from roughly 800 positions in 2008 to 2,700 in 2012.

"A coalition of local and national labor and community groups...issued a report projecting 6,000 new weatherization jobs..., in both the residential and commercial sectors."

And then, of course, there are the questions about who gets the jobs -- incumbent workers, workers off the bench, unemployed workers, skilled workers, youth, unskilled, men, women. Lots of questions. Can't wait for the smoke to clear.

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