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When is this going make the News?

Probably after we fract every last acre ...

Q1 [2012]:  46,000 Green Jobs Announced in 42 States -- Can It Continue?

by Silvio Marcacci, -- April 24, 2012

Nearly 140 clean energy projects were announced in the first quarter of 2012, and these projects could create up to 46,000 jobs across the United States. These findings come from a new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and show green jobs contributing to the U.S. economy across a wide geographic and industrial base.

The analysis is based on 300 separate project and job announcements from companies, cities, and organizations. E2 is a national coalition of business leaders who promote environmental policy, and the group is affiliated with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

The E2 report is certainly good news for U.S. workers and overall transition to a clean energy economy, but future gains are in jeopardy because of uncertain government policy. Many of the project and job announcements in E2’s report were made possible because of federal incentives, which have helped keep clean energy investment economical, even in the face of America’s shale gas glut.

The E2 report is yet another piece of evidence in the power of a clean energy economy, and underlines the importance of investment in sustainable jobs. Green jobs employed 3.1 million Americans in 2010, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This figure represented 2.4 percent of all jobs nationwide, and dwarfs the 783,000 jobs in oil, gas, and coal-mining industries.

And the Rollback Republicans (along with their pals at ALEC) have those millions of Green Jobs of the future, in their old-school, budget-cutting sights:

Norquist, ALEC put Clean Energy subsidies in their sights
by jamess -- May 04, 2012

Because the 19th century was so wonderful, I guess.  Soooo many opportunities to strike it rich ... for all those "rugged individualists" -- like Astor, and Carnegie, and Mellon, and Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller.

Boy, were those the days!   Once in a lifetime an economic-era days.

When is this going make the News?

Clean Energy Jobs ARE putting Americans back to work ...

and isn't that what the Economic naysayers are constantly neighing about?  Jobs?

What Clean Energy Jobs?  These Clean Energy Jobs! (pdf)

from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) -- April 2012


Spotlight on Manufacturing

America’s economy is built on manufacturing, and clean energy companies are building on that tradition. Companies made at least 35 announcements involving clean energy manufacturing projects in the past quarter. These announcements mirror findings recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which determined that the manufacturing sector leads in the creation of “green goods and services” jobs that now employ a total of 3.1 million Americans.[4]  Jobs in manufacturing add more value on an export basis to the U.S. economy than jobs in the economy as a whole. This further reinforces the finding from Brookings Institution that a job in the clean economy has a median export value twice that of a job in the economy as a whole.[5]

Companies and programs large and small, start-up and established, are creating jobs

The jobs announcements over the three months feature a wide range of companies: major multinational corporations like GE, Nissan, and General Motors, as well as small, entrepreneurial start-ups. Innovative companies are also retooling their operations to take advantage of the growth in clean energy. Michigan-based Energetx, formerly a luxury yacht manufacturer, used its expertise in lightweight materials to transition into wind turbine manufacturing.[6] The growth in clean energy is also creating promising new companies like energy storage investment company Townsend Energy Solutions, solar company National Solar Power, wind turbine blade manufacturer Blade Dynamics, and many others.

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. E2 is the independent business voice for the environment. We provide a non-partisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Working with our public and private partners, E2 shapes state and national policy that’s good for the economy and good the environment. -- Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

When are THEY -- the Entrepreneurs of the Future -- going to make the Sunday-morning whine-fest?

... probably not soon enough.  Not enough drama.  And certainly not enough Cheeese.

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