Biden says ‘green jobs’ will help middle class endure economic crisis

2009-02-27 21:57:13 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - green News)

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Joe Biden at the World Economic Forum in Jordan in 2003

Vice President Joe Biden has a plan for the future and it involves seeing green.

Hartford, Connecticut (CaymanMama.com) –Vice President Joe Biden has a plan for the future and it involves seeing green.

Biden promoted “green jobs” on Friday, touting them as a way to help the middle class endure the current economic crisis, stating better wages and improved benefits will come from producing environmentally friendly goods and services.

Biden was in Philadelphia for the first meeting of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, and was joined by cabinet members, including the secretaries of agriculture, labor, housing and urban development, and energy.

“So what exactly are ‘green jobs’?” Biden wrote in an article published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “They provide products and services that use renewable energy resources, reduce pollution, and conserve energy and natural resources.”

Citing information from the Council of Economic Advisers, Biden said environmental jobs pay workers up to 20 percent more than other positions and are more likely to be unionized.

“Building a new power grid, manufacturing solar panels, weatherizing homes and office buildings, and renovating schools are just a few of the ways to create high-quality green jobs that strengthen the foundation of this country,” he wrote.

“Investing in green jobs also means keeping up with the modern economy. At a time when good jobs at good wages are harder and harder to come by, we must find new, innovative opportunities.”



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