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Getting ahead with green jobs

"Getting ahead with green jobs(Via The Boston Globe)In the midst of the worst recession in 70 years, it is not surprising that
the Obama administration is trying to mobilize support for the House's
climate change legislation by billing it as a way to create a new
generation of green jobs. Energy Secretary Steven Chu adds an extra twist
to this pitch: If the United States does not adopt the bill's carrots and
sticks for reducing energy waste and developing carbon-free energy sources,
China will leapfrog ahead of us in this field.The Senate should take heed and pass a global warming bill at least as
strong as the House's this year. Passage of the bill is of special
importance to Massachusetts, which is home to cutting-edge scientists and
clean-energy research firms - some of which are racing with foreign
competitors to create products that could be sold for decades around the
world.Chu delivered his message about the competitive threat of China at a
green-jobs conference in Las Vegas Monday and at The Boston Globe earlier
this month. While China balks at accepting hard limits on its greenhouse
gas emissions, it acknowledges climate change and intends to be a leader in
developing clean-energy technologies, Chu said. "The US is still ahead of
China,'' said Chu, who recently returned from China. "If we move in this
direction, we can be the leader and seize the opportunity.''That's a big "if,'' which Chu reinforced at the Globe by reciting a litany
of energy-related technologies, from nuclear power to automotive design, in
which the United States has lost its cutting-edge position.At the same Las Vegas conference, former vice president Al Gore lamented
the fact that many proponents of renewable energy are reluctant to speak
openly about the environmental cost of inaction. "Sooner or later we are
going to have to come to grips with the fact that the climate crisis is
threatening the future of our civilization, and just because those words
sound shrill is no excuse for not saying them.'' Of course, Gore is right,
but at a time when the public is more focused on the future of its paycheck
than the future of civilization, Chu's case for the climate change bill
will win it more support.For the very latest green jobs from across the globe please click here"