Friday, June 19, 2009

Report: Fighting Poverty Through Green Prosperity

Two leading public interest organizations have released information saying that people living below the poverty line have seven times higher chance of a having good green job than than securing a comparative position in the fossil fuel industry. The report is called:
NRDC and Green For All state:

"[The report was] prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. An investment of $150 billion a year in clean energy -- roughly 1 percent of national GDP -- would result in 1.7 million new jobs, with about 870,000 of them accessible to workers with a high school degree or less. About 614,000 of the new jobs available to workers with a high school degree or less will offer decent opportunities for promotion and rising wages over time, helping lift low-income workers out of poverty. The potential for clean-energy job creation within this category is seven times larger than the number of jobs that could be created by spending the same amount of money within the fossil fuel industry." See article.

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