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A Strong Argument for 'Greening' the Economy

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posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 01:18 PM
There are many obvious reasons why the world needs to develop 'green' technologies, regardless there always seems to be resistance to such a move.

A common point made by many is the economic impacts of making our world more sustainable.

To contradict this idea, at least partially, is a new study recently released by the University of Massachusetts.

Job Opportunities for the Green Economy: A State-By-State Picture of Occupations That Gain from Green Investments (PDF)

A Sample from the introduction:

The six green strategies we examine here are: building retrofitting, mass transit, energy-efficient automobiles, wind power, solar power, and cellulosic biomass fuels. We show that the vast majority of jobs associated with these six green strategies are in the same areas of employment that people already work in to-day, in every region and state of the country. For example, constructing wind farms creates jobs for sheet metal workers, machinists and truck drivers, among many others.

What is clear from this report is that millions of U.S. workers—across a wide range of familiar occupations, states, and income and skill levels—will all benefit from the project of defeating global warming and transforming the United States into a green economy.

While many here would argue that Global Warming / Climate Change is a shame intended to exert more control over we the people, in this instance meeting this challenge (real or not) would be empowering to we the people.

I thought it would be good to share this information as it highlights another side to the story and offers hope and incentives for a 'green movement'.

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