Monday, July 27, 2009

Indiana Experts See Clean Energy Economy Coming

A group of energy and economic experts see green energy as a large part of Indiana's future.

The Bloomington Alternative reports:

"The panel was convened by Environment America and the Richard Lugar Center for Renewable Energy in response to the recent U.S. Global Change Research Program report showing that Indiana is already experiencing more extreme storms, drought and flooding due to global warming. According to a survey of green businesses by the Pew Charitable Trusts, job growth in the emerging clean energy economy in our country has been more than twice as fast as in the economy as a whole -- 9.1 percent growth in green businesses, compared with 3.8 percent in all businesses combined.
Economists at the University of Massachusetts calculated that a $100 billion investment in building a clean energy economy could create as many as 2 million new, well-paying jobs in the United States in just two years, with 38,000 jobs here in Indiana. The panel of experts agreed that transitioning to a clean energy economy would benefit the state of Indiana." See full article.

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