An Inconvienent Truth About Green-collar Jobs
Today kicks off the 2009 Green Jobs Conference in Washington, DC, hosted by the Blue Green Alliance, a coalition of labor groups such as SEIU and the United Steel Workers and environmental organizations like NRDC and the Sierra Club. The agenda includes speeches from a handful of Democrat Senators, an "Advocacy Day" march to the Capitol and a green jobs workshop.
Barack Obama's administration has pledged to create five million green jobs. Yet while politicians promise green jobs and many people are in fact looking to participate in a new, green economy, the market is not currently creating significant green employment opportunities, as Richard Deeran's article in the Exception Magazine explains.
Furthermore, a new study "High Road or Low Road? Job Quality in the New Green Economy," was released just yesterday that may rain on the Green Jobs Conference's parade, as reported by Greenbiz.com. It turns out that many existing jobs in the green-tech sector barely pay more than the federal poverty wage line. And this is not some hack-job by a conservative think-tank. The study was commissioned by the Sierra Club and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, among others.
Expect a more nuanced debate over whether the government should subsidize the creation of green jobs in the coming months. The era of politicians handing out empty green job pledges is over.
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The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
The Green New Deal is an ambitious attempt to fight climate change, but is it destined to hit the political skids?
- Recent protests by the Sunrise Movement have taken the Green New Deal from forgotten policy to trending hashtag.
- The Green New Deal aims to move the U.S. to 100% renewable energy within a decade.
- Proponents also hope to catalyze a top-down restructuring of the U.S. economy and advance social justice issues.
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