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Green jobs to fuel recovery

Latest research in the United States suggests that millions of jobs could be created in the environmental sector which could lead the economic recovery and replace jobs in those industries which will never recover to be the same as they were before the recession.

The research, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme, suggests that the new green jobs will emerge not only in the direct businesses and industries related to the environment, but right across the employment spectrum as companies and organisations are forced to make change to the way they work to fit in with new legislation.

The green jobs will go much of the way to replace the millions of more ‘traditional’ jobs which won’t return following the global recession. The convergence of automation and globalisation has resulted in permanent job changes across many industries. Manufacturing and construction jobs today and in the future are more technical than in the past, requiring more education and training for each employee, while middle management jobs are also on the decline.

The US Department for Labor has echoed this assessment of the future of the jobs market up to 2018, and has indicated that a significant proportion of jobs growth in this period will come in the form of green jobs. In addition, President Obama pledged to invest $150 billion in creating 5 million new green jobs within the US economy within ten years.

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Sherri Lange on 28th January 2011

This is very misleading. Obama is pushing wind power and solar at HUGE subsidies that have brought Spain and others to their financial knees. Professor Alvarez of the U of Spain reports that 2.2 jobs are LOST in other sectors mainly due to the high subsidies that are paid to wind developers, hence raising the cost of power, and putting industries out of business. Some say the cost to jobs is more like 5.4 lost per so called “green job.”

Charles Castro on 1st February 2011

In response to the comment above, the report cited has been overwhelmingly discredited for shoddy research methodology and methods. The conclusion is cited below:
“The recent report from King Juan Carlos University deviates from the traditional research methodologies used to estimate jobs impacts. In addition, it lacks transparency and supporting statistics, and fails to compare RE technologies with comparable energy industry metrics. It also fails to account for important issues such as the role of government in emerging markets, the success of RE exports in Spain, and the fact that induced economic impacts can be attributed to RE deployment. Finally, differences in policy are significant enough that the results of analysis conducted in the Spanish context are not likely to be indicative of workforce impacts in the United States or other countries.”

Better trolling please.