Debate rages over 'green' jobs; Who and what are counted isn't always clear
Some, including economist Christopher Thornberg, figure there's some wiggle room in defining exactly what a green job is.
"Who the hell knows what they classify as a green job?" Thornberg said. "That's what it boils down to. There are very few jobs you could say are truly green - maybe a solar-panel installer ... but who else?"
August 1, 2011
by Kevin Smith
in The Sun
More than 500,000 people are employed in "green" jobs in California, and that number is expected to ramp up in the coming years, according to a report released last week.
The Environment California Research and Policy Center report, "Building a Clean Energy Workforce: Preparing Californians for New Opportunities in the State's Green Economy," also documents nearly 300 job-training programs at more than 130 institutions throughout the state.
Those programs have as many as 15,000 students enrolled annually, the report said. Bernadette Del Chiaro, the center's director of clean energy programs, said green jobs are giving the economy a boost.
"Thousands... [continue via Web link]