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Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

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Recovery Act tax credits look to enable new clean manufacturing projects and create tens of thousands of jobs.

President Obama announced on Friday the award of $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing — part of a broader push by his administration to stimulate job growth during the highest period of sustained unemployment in decades. “Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said Mr. Obama, according to prepared remarks. The Labor......read more

Lights Out at Bulb Plant

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GE to close last remaining incandescent light bulb plant in the US.

In a story that encapsulates all of the difficult issues involved in the global shift toward sustainability, the last remaining General Electric plant in the US that produces incandescent lights will be closed this month. A 2007 law essentially outlawed the old-fashioned bulbs that were made ubiquitous by Thomas Edison. In a perfect world, the 200 jobs lost at the Virginia factory would be......read more

The Job-Creating Benefits of Clean Air Rules

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As many as 1.5 million new jobs could be created by looming EPA regs, says report.

Impending regulations on emissions by power utilities could create 1.5 million jobs over the next five years, according to a new report commissioned by Ceres. These jobs would be found in areas like operations and maintenance of new power plants, as well as through exports of pollution-catching technologies such as scrubbers. Senator Tom Carper, a Dem who has sponsored air pollution bills, said,......read more

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

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

Good Food Jobs

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Want a job in sustainable food? Start here

With more and more people interested in local, sustainable food, there are more and more people looking for meaningful work in the field. Enter Good Food Jobs, a “gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect.” Launched in 2010 by “friends, partners and ice cream......read more

U.S. Coal in Decline

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Global demand may be on the rise, but American coal production and jobs are trending down

Bobby Magill for Climate Central: Technological progress has been brutal to the yellow pages and compact discs. Coal may be headed the same way in the U.S., partly because of the market and partly because of national climate change policy. Coal-fired power plants are the nation’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions and driver of climate change, and an old technology slowly......read more

The Big SHFT: Van Jones, Green Jobs Pioneer

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The nation's leading green jobs advocate aims to renew the American dream

Van Jones is a lawyer and activist who is America's leading advocate for green jobs. He is a co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. Van's first book, The Green Collar Economy, is a clear-headed and optimistic discussion of the need for clean energy solutions to......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

Clean Economy Jobs: 2.7 Million and Growing

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New report finds more jobs in the clean economy than in fossil fuels

Green jobs are as aspirational as they are enigmatic. We know we want them, we know they hold the key to the clean economy of the future, but no one can agree on what they are.  A new report from Brookings Institute attempts to offer a standard definition of clean jobs ("establishments that directly produce goods and services with environmental benefits, or produce uniquely tailored goods......read more

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