Here’s a blue-collar view of work and the green economy, an economy that is geared to sustainability and stability. This kind of green capitalism could mean long term jobs for lots of folks, but a sustainable, green economy will not be able to support CEO compensation at the levels of the Reagan-Bush era.
Green jobs can improve the environment and jump-start the economy with the creation of well-paid positions, many of them union, experts told Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman Patrick Murphy and others on Friday during the first meeting of the White House’s Middle Class Task Force.
“Mr. Vice President, I was shocked to hear people refer to the green part of the recovery plan as pork,” he told Biden. Instead, Jones said, the Obama Administration’s jobs plan can be “a green wave that lifts all boats.”
Biden was joined by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Labor Secretery-designate Hilda Solis and others. The task force is expected to meet monthly over the next year to explore topics such as retirement, college costs and elderly and child care.
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February 28, 2009 12:00 AM
Hope and Glory – The Politics of Survival on a Small Blue Planet