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NRDC Maps Clean Energy in America

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Interactive map shows the clean energy jobs of today and tomorrow

If you listened to all the hubbub from Washington and the press, you'd think the American clean energy economy is all but dead. The fact of the matter is that renewable energy projects (and the jobs they carry) are popping up all over the country.  An interactive map from the NRDC tells the story. The tool allows you to search existing and planned renewable energy projects in the country by......read more

3 Ideas for Stimulating Green Growth

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Why cutting carbon emissions is good for the economy

With the new year underway, we are at a crossroads. While the world economy doggedly refuses to turn around, global warming continues to accelerate, posing increasing threats to vulnerable communities. Many, like our friendly Republican presidential candidates, argue that dealing with climate change in the midst of an economic crisis will hinder recovery efforts. The truth, as Manish Bapna......read more

GE Exec Calls BS On Tradeoff Between Economy and Environment

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The political bashing of sustainability is irrelevant to business interests, says Ecomagination VP

A GE bigwig is calling the political battle between economy and environment "nonsense." At a clean energy investment conference last week, Mark Vachon, Vice President of GE's Ecomagination program, said "environmental performance" is a key driver for business.  "There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance. That’s......read more

Are Green Jobs Recession-Proof?

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In California, the answer is yes, says new study

With most industries in California cratering under the weight of an intractable recession, green businesses have proven to be most resilient, according to a new report.  The nonprofit Next 10, which is focused on improving California's future, found that the overall state economy shrunk by 7 percent from 2009 to 2010. During the same span, the "core green economy" -- made up of......read more

The Dire State of US Garment Manufacturing

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What the hell happened?

It's no secret that, as a whole, the U.S. manufacturing industry is in a bad state. And when it comes to garments, the scene is particularly grim. Since its peak just after World War II, apparel manufacturing in America has experienced a long, steady decline. In 1980, one in ten American manufacturing jobs were held in the clothing industry. By 2007, 95 percent of apparel bought in this country......read more

Obama Talks Gas

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With gas prices climbing, the President addressed a Miami crowd about energy

Late last week, President Obama spoke to a crowd of almost 1,500 at the University of Miami on gas prices and energy policy, saying that the Republican's "drill, baby, driil" ethos is not going to solve our energy crisis.  "Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth," he......read more

Books Not Oil

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No natural resources? No problem. Education ensures economic success

A look at the diverse array foreign countries with the most companies listed on the Nasdaq -- Israel, China/Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Singapore -- reveals one common link: none of them have much in the form of natural resources. For these countries, economic success depends on the intelligence and creativity of the people that live there. In a recent New York Times......read more

Spain Slashes Subsidies for Renewables

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With bleak European prospects, clean energy companies focus on other markets

With Spain in the midst of an economic meltdown, the Spanish government has cut off aid to the domestic renewable energy industry -- once the most heavily subsidized in Europe. Faced with an empty trough, Spanish clean energy companies are responding by seeking out projects abroad.  As Todd Woody mentions at Forbes, the Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa is making 90% of its capital......read more

Green Jobs: What's Really Going On

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Contrary to popular belief, the future looks bright for America's growing green economy

Green jobs are one of America's best-kept secrets, but they shouldn't be. When you consider the fact that at least 3.1 million Americans already work in green jobs, and that green industries and businesses can help solve some of our country's biggest problems -- from pollution to poverty and economic stagnation -- you'd think we'd be hearing our leaders talk about green jobs all the time. A new......read more

An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

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