Green Patriot rants with the facts on his side.
EXCUSE ME. But I think our nation just imploded. I see a whole lot of angry white men and women who look just like me angry over the same things I’m angry over and voicing their anger on the Fox news network and spreading to MSNBC and CNN. I see real people angry at real screw ups by both parties. But I don’t see compassion. I don’t see compassion for the environment, and that means they don’t have compassion for people. But, then again, they are against compassion—this tea party bunch. Truth be told, they made it on their own, and they think everyone else ought to, too. No welfare queens among these men. But the jobs we once had. Or are they? Can’t we have made them simply morph into other blue—make that green—collar jobs? And don’t they see that turning things upside down a la green will create and spread the wealth including to white people? I know the tea party folks are anti-environment but that’s because they have been Palinized, which is sad, because Sarah is wrong on this issue.
Everywhere you look green collar jobs are growing at twice the rate as the old sector. They are creating new wealth. A from Duke University shows that the green collar economy is a major growth segment in the United States. During the presidential campaign, you might recall, Barack Obama proposed an economic plan that would create 5 million jobs in environmental industries. These so-called “green collar” jobs do, in fact, present the next frontier for U.S. manufacturing, says the report.
Highlighting the direct linkages between low-carbon technologies and U.S. jobs, Duke researchers say U.S. manufacturing is poised to grow in a low-carbon economy. Their report, “Manufacturing Climate Solutions,” provides a detailed look at the manufacturing jobs that already exist and would be created when the U.S. takes action to limit global-warming pollution. A copy of the study is available at http://www.cggc.duke.edu/environment/climatesolutions/
“Until now, there was no tangible evidence of what the jobs are, how they are created and what it means for U.S. workers. We are providing that here,” said Gary Gereffi, a Duke professor of sociology and lead author of the report. “We don’t guess where the jobs are; we name them. Our report uses value chains to show that clean technology jobs are also real economy jobs.”
Led by Gereffi, researchers at Duke’s Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness
(CGGC) assess five carbon-reducing technologies with potential for future green job creation: LED lighting, high-performance windows, auxiliary power units for long-haul trucks, concentrating solar power, and Super Soil Systems (a new method for treating hog wastes).
They conclude that hidden economic opportunities exist within the supply chains that provide parts and labor for these five industries. The report includes a snapshot of the opportunities for U.S. manufacturing jobs, with a detailed breakdown of the supply chains and maps highlighting the location of companies positioned to support green jobs. States that stand to benefit most from jobs in these sectors include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.
to be continued