Friday, May 22, 2009

Rust Belt Is Already Benefiting From Green Jobs

As this article makes clear. My favorite quote?

Scores of firms in the renewable energy business have recently opened in the Rust Belt states. They hope to take advantage of a population known for its industrial skills, engineering ability and work ethic.

It's hard to say how many people these firms currently employ. The government doesn't yet track green jobs and the distinction between what's "green" and what isn't often gets blurred.

One study by the University of California, Berkeley estimated that green energy companies employ at least half a million people. That number could climb to 2 to 4 million over the next 15 years if the nation got 15%-20% of its power from renewable sources.

1 comment:

Kevin C.W. Lockett said...

Great post on rust belt jobs. I have a Ohio green jobs site (, so I am doing my best to help out the rust belt.