Climate and Clean Energy News and Commentary
Geothermal wells in this town of 20,000 mark one of the most ambitious uses of a green energy resource with a tiny carbon footprint and could serve as a model for a still-fledgling industry that is gaining steam with $338 million in stimulus funds and more than 100 projects nationwide.
Green jobs in the state's private sector grew by nearly 33 percent last year, according to a state Employment Security Department report released Thursday. The study, directed by the state Legislature, tallied 99,319 green jobs, or about 3.3 percent of the state’s work force. The state defines a green job as one in which workers increase energy efficiency, produce renewable energy, or prevent, reduce and clean up pollution.
British Columbia’s green economy could grow into a $27-billion-per-year green giant by 2020, according to a new report from the Globe Foundation. B.C. could become a “living laboratory” for green-sector growth that would add value to the provincial gross domestic product more than twice as fast as the economy as a whole.
Congress must set a national renewable-power standard and revamp the electric grid to help the burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry reach its potential and compete globally, governors from 29 states, including Washington, Oregon and Montana said.
Here is an important milestone: The clean energy economy now has enough momentum to worry the oiligarchs. Warning of “bubbles” is a smart, easy way for them to discourage energy independence; in the wake of market meltdowns and Wall Street bailouts, exploiting American cynicism is like shooting fish in a barrel.