Climate and Clean Energy News and Commentary
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Fernandez said, “This EDA investment will support local businesses and strengthen the local workforce by helping to prepare College of Southern Idaho students for jobs in the state’s growing alternative energy sector.”
The green workforce expanded 3% from January 2008 to January 2009 -– three times the growth of overall employment around the state. Standouts include the energy-generation sector, which includes renewable-energy efforts such as wind and hydropower.
Last year tied with the warmest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Derek Arndt, chief of NOAA's Climate Monitoring Branch in the National Climate Data Center, said 2010 was "an exclamation point on several decades of warming."
"This issue pits the short-term financial interest of Arch Coal against the strategic and economic interests of America," said K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions. "What kind of economic future awaits our kids if Asian economies do all the manufacturing and innovating and investing while we shovel their coal?"
By year's end, the company said, 170 workers will be making thin-film photovoltaic products in a Wilsonville plant that's ultimately expected to employ 500.