More and more Green Jobs are on the horizon. These are jobs that contribute to restoring or preserving the environment. In 2007 the Green Jobs Act was passed along with the Energy Independence and Security Act passed later that year.
These Acts were passed to provide training at both national and state level to address job shortages in the Green Industry. Included in this green industry are Energy Efficient Building, Renewable Electric Power, Energy Efficient Vehicles, and Biofuel.
In 2009 the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed to provide new jobs in energy, construction,manufacturing, and utilities. These jobs are also being called Green Collar Jobs or Green Tecnology Jobs. Van Jones (special adviser to President Obama for Green Jobs) says that jobs will be created that promote sustainable and environmentally friendly products and services. Solar, Wind Power and even the simple act of planting trees are on the agenda.
Here is part of what he says about the Cash for Caulk Program:
He calls these humble hard working dollars.
We put people back to work weather proofing and insulating homes
Every dollar spent reduces unemployment
Every dollar reduces the homes energy consumption
Reduction in energy consumption reduces need for coal fired power, reducing pollution.
Every dollar spent increases the value of the home
He calls these Blue Collar Jobs going Green . He says we can stimulate the economy of America by attacking our environmental woes of the past. The theory is that we can save money, save energy, and save the environment at the same time. Can these programs work? Sure they can. Would a few million people going back to work stimulate the economy? Absolutely. Does America have the necessary funding available for these projects? That is the million dollar question.
With the economy the way it is there seems to be a disclaimer when ti comes to government programs. Something to the effect that the investment dollars are subject to change without notice. While the intent is to stimulate our economy by putting people back to work. We all know that a steady income promotes spending which bolsters the economy. While doing this we help save the environment at the same time.
On the surface it is a win-win situation. However these programs require co-operation from other sources. For instance lending institutions willing to help so the ones who do not qualify for paid training can get low interest student loans to pursue Green Jobs. Maybe the Bank Presidents and CEOs can take some of their bonus money and Bail Us Out. Just a thought.