Calling For Help From Uncle Sam

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Signs of recession are continuing. But some forward-thinking industries are utilizing skilled laborers for new, green collar jobs.

The renewable energy business is poised to employ many workers who have been laid off. Among them, ex-auto industry workers are well suited for the task. Their skills are ideal for helping build and assemble parts for wind turbines, solar panels, plug-in electric vehicles, and more.

Plans for new wind farms have stalled due to the global credit crunch. And industry growth has slowed since last year. But Uncle Sam could help.

Giselle Barry, president, Institute for Climate Protection: "There are incentives that can be provided at the government level to companies to invest in these new technologies, igniting the clean energy economy, thereby creating millions of new jobs that can pull America out of this current economic recession and transition us to 100% clean energy."

State mandates requiring utility companies to generate a certain percent of their energy from renewable sources like wind could help spur new growth in the green jobs sector.


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