Wanted: Steelworkers For Green Jobs, Must Be Energy Independence Oriented


"Pennsylvania's Road to Energy Independence," issued by the Blue-Green Action Alliance, a public policy partnership of the Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers, said 42,688 jobs could be created in the state for workers who would manufacture components for wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable energy equipment.

According to the report, stabilizing carbon emissions would require adding 185,00 megawatts of new renewable projects each year, whether solar, wind, biomass or geothermal.

Based on that demand, it then ranked states and counties according to the number of existing firms that could supply the components for the new equipment needed to produce the power.Pennsylvania ranked sixth, with 2,188 such firms that could produce 19,588 jobs in wind power, 15,767 in solar, 3,911 in biomass and 3,402 in geothermal.

Speakers at the news briefing announcing the report took the opportunity to express support for the energy bill, which likely will come up for a vote in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate this week.

Here's the original Alliance announcement from back in 2006. Here's the Blue-Green Alliance's website, and here's the overall report, including "green jobs" projections for several other states.

Via::Pittsburg Post Gazette, "Energy alliance predicts creation of 40,000 PA. jobs"

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