Green Jobs. Duh.

If it was a snake it would have bit you.

Some would argue that it’s a tired, overused idiom. And yet, I can’t think of a better way to describe the relationship between the global economic-climate crises and the solution.

You could say that heads of state and industry all over the planet are Indiana Jones, trapped in an Egyptian tomb of rising carbon dioxide, rising debt, rising unemployment, rising wars in areas known for natural resources, and a diminishing supply of fossil fuels, while the solution to these problems – renewable energy – is right in front of their faces, only, unlike the deadly, venomous cobra, it’s waiting to save them from all of their problems.

Via USA Today:

Green jobs pay better as clean-tech sector booms

The green jobs movement is putting more greenbacks in workers’ pockets.

Clean-tech jobs offered median wages 20% higher across the United States in 2010, according to a report released today from researchers Brookings and Battelle. Such green jobs span industries ranging from solar-panel manufacturers to wind- and
ocean-based energy production to electric-vehicle technologies.

The report on positions in 100 U.S. cities highlights a job boom in the sector that now counts 2.7 million jobs. The Brookings Institution figures the industry contributed exported goods and services valued at $53.9 billion in 2009.

U.S. clean-tech jobs surged 8.3% per year, compared with 4.2% a year for other occupations during the 2003-2010 period studied.

And it’s not just good for workers, it’s good for business:

Momentum in the green sector has been spurred by venture-capital investments. Worldwide, $154 billion was pumped into renewable energies in 2010, a 650% increase from 2004, according to Brookings…

And yet:

…But that’s not enough, the researcher says.

The report says this area needs added funding if the U.S. is to stay competitive.

In 2004, according to Brookings, China trailed the U.S. in funding for clean-energy projects. But by 2010, China’s investment in clean tech had more than doubled U.S. levels, notes Mark Muro, who co-wrote the Brookings report. The result: U.S. companies in the sector are losing market share worldwide.

Meanwhile, some very smart people insist that:

The world can be powered by alternative energy in 20 to 40 years

If someone told you there was a way you could save 2.5 million to 3 million lives a year and simultaneously halt global warming, reduce air and water pollution and develop secure, reliable energy sources – nearly all with existing technology and at costs comparable with what we spend on energy today – why wouldn’t you do it?

According to a new study coauthored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson, we could accomplish all that by converting the world to clean, renewable energy sources and forgoing fossil fuels.

This article from OdeWire doesn’t really highlight the healing effect this could have on economies all over the world, but it doesn’t take a degree from Standford to see the job growth that would come with the development and implementation of renewable energy, the stability in fuel prices, the possibility of sustainable growth, etc.

The solution is a cobra, coiled and ready to strike, and we ignore it at our peril.

“Based on our findings, there are no technological or economic barriers to converting the entire world to clean, renewable energy sources,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. “It is a question of whether we have the societal and political will.”

“This really involves a large scale transformation,” he said. “It would require an effort comparable to the Apollo moon project or constructing the interstate highway system.”

“But it is possible, without even having to go to new technologies,” Jacobson said. ”We really need to just decide collectively that this is the direction we want to head as a society.”

Someone pass me the antidote!!!

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