Green jobs in the US Economy

The New York Times (March 22, 2012) describes a US government report that claims that there were 3.1 million green jobs in the US economy. Green jobs were defined as those involved in activities that either decrease energy consumption or benefit the environment. These jobs include alternate energy products (e.g., batteries, wind turbines), energy efficient appliances etc. But should any energy efficient product be treated as a green job even if it occurs as part of an industry’s learning curve? Is the generous use of the label an attempt to justify government investments in the environmental sector ? Should employees who produce software to optimize routes and save energy be classified as having green jobs ? Is the growth of such green jobs stimulated by the high gas prices ?

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One Response to Green jobs in the US Economy

  1. Clearly Wal-Mart has tons of green jobs as they are trying to reduce their total travel time by sourcing from local farms!

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