Thursday, June 4, 2009

Minnesota Looking at More Than 30,000 New Green Jobs

Minnesota stands to profit from investment in energy efficiency and freedom from an oil import trade deficit.

The Duluth News Tribune reports:

"We can make our homes and businesses so efficient they use zero-net energy. Wind and solar power can meet our remaining energy needs. We can travel in American-made, plug-in, hybrid cars that can go 100 miles on one gallon of gas. Transforming our energy system would put thousands of Minnesotans to work in good green jobs. There are jobs building wind turbines and jobs installing solar panels and jobs weatherizing homes.

A recent report estimated that a national investment of $100 billion in clean energy infrastructure over a two-year period would generate more than 37,000 jobs in Minnesota. The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set aside $80 billion for clean energy. And the new budget sets aside more. See full article.

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