February 2, 2010 |
America's wind energy industry enjoyed a banner year in 2009, thanks largely to tax credits and other incentives packed into the $787-billion economic stimulus bill. But even though a record 10,000 megawatts of new generating capacity came on line, few jobs were created overall and wind power manufacturing employment, in particular, fell -- a setback for President Obama's pledge to create millions of green jobs. Obama has long pitched green jobs, especially in the energy, transportation and manufacturing fields, as a prescription for long-term, stable employment and a prosperous middle class.
February 1, 2010 |
Here in this Mississippi Delta county, they are waiting for the return of the slender man in the elegant suit -- the one who spoke, in a heavy Chinese accent, of a promise that couldn't have been more welcome or fashionable. It was the promise of a new green industry, with hundreds of green jobs. "I heard about it," said Claude Boyd, a 41-year-old farmhand out of work after the winter harvest. "I need it bad. I've got good references." Joey Lowery, 42 and also unemployed, sounded a skeptical note.
January 19, 2010 |
As the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's presidency rolls around, a fresh wave of polling shows his approval ratings have dropped amid public anxiety over his handling of the economy, healthcare and other issues. Much as they say they like the president personally, people have expressed unhappiness about some of his actions. Obama's advisors are devising ways to revive his political prospects and rebuild the coalition that propelled him into office, but the overriding question for 2010 is: Can President Obama rebound?
December 9, 2009 |
Green businesses are blooming in California, creating jobs at a faster pace than the broader economy, a new study has found. The report from Next 10 , a nonprofit research group in Palo Alto, explores California's "core green economy," including areas such as research and advocacy, finance and investment, energy efficiency, recycling and building. The study, to be released today, determined that the number of green companies surged 45% from 1995 to 2008, and total jobs in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable fuels and clean tech grew 36%. During the same period general employment in the state expanded just 13%. From January 2007 to January 2008 green jobs increased 5% while total jobs declined 1%. The number of green jobs in the Golden State jumped to 159,000 in 2008 from 117,000 in 1995, an average annual growth rate of 2.4%, according to what Next 10 called "the most comprehensive accounting" of the sector ever conducted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2009 |
Recycling centers across California are closing, and scores of troubled youths are being tossed from "green" jobs onto unemployment rolls in the wake of Sacramento's raid on bottle deposit funds. California's recycling treasury, filled by consumers' nickel and dime deposits on drink containers, had hummed along successfully for two decades until state officials left it nearly bankrupt after taking $451 million out to help balance the budget. The unredeemed deposits that subsidized recycling facilities and such projects as a local conservation corps are virtually gone, leaving the programs in the lurch.
November 27, 2009 |
What was once the bustling Evergreen Pulp mill is today a forlorn factory of smokestacks and tan buildings clustered quietly beside the still, gray waters of the Arcata harbor near Eureka, Calif. Entrepreneur Bob Simpson bought the closed facility in February with the hopes of reopening it as a environmentally friendly toilet paper plant. He planned to spend $400 million rehabbing the factory and rehiring 215 workers who lost their jobs when the old pulp mill shut down in October 2008.
November 15, 2009 |
Although the recession has emptied shopping malls and filled jobless centers, the call has only gotten louder for renewable energy, environmentally gentle products and eco-friendly practices -- and for people to make all of that happen. President Obama has said that he hopes to create 5 million green jobs within a decade. The U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates that the "green economy" could account for as much as 10% of job growth over the next 30 years. The job description casts a wide net. The green ranks can include autoworkers making hybrid cars, building consultants, home energy auditors, environmental studies professors, wind turbine engineers, lawyers for biofuel companies and many more.
September 11, 2009 |
At the annual Bioneers convention in 2007, Van Jones described to an audience of scientists, activists and environmentalists how he had spent 20 years trying to get Americans to pay attention to the urban poor. "We would call newspapers, television stations, saying kids are dying, we're going to funerals every weekend. 'Not interested.' We'd say we've got kids going to school in Oakland, 30 kids in the classroom, six books, no chalk.' 'Not interested.' " Finally, the Yale Law School graduate turned community organizer told the crowd, "We said, 'Well, we want green jobs and not jails for our youth.
September 6, 2009 |
An advisor to President Obama has resigned amid controversy over inflammatory statements he made before joining the administration, the White House said early today. Van Jones, an advisor on environmentally friendly "green jobs," had been linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans. The matter surfaced after news reports of a crude remark Jones had made about Republicans, and, separately, of his name appearing on a petition dealing with the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Los Angeles on Monday to announce a new $75-million "clean energy workforce training program," which he said would help train more than 20,000 workers for green-sector jobs. The program is intended to train young workers and the unemployed to become solar installers, green-building designers and weatherization installers. The state received $20 million for the job-training effort from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The rest will come from the California Energy Commission, as well as community groups and educational institutions.