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Report: Green Makes Green, NM Could Lead Way in Renewables

August 4, 2008

Albuquerque, NM - The latest news on the nation's economy and job market has been gloomy, but at least one analysis predicts the gray skies could clear up as the nation moves toward renewable energy.

The report, published by the Blue Green Alliance, predicts the creation of 800,000 "green collar" jobs if the United States were to commit to creating 20 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. Michael Causaus, with the Sierra Club in Albuquerque, says many of those jobs could land in New Mexico.

"We're talking about solar panel installers, home weather stripping specialists; but we're also talking about existing jobs, such as welders and sheet metal workers, engineers and truck drivers."

Casaus says with the state ranked second in terms of solar power potential and twelfth for wind energy potential, all that is needed is "people power" - in the form of job training - to begin reducing pollution and poverty through what has been called the New Energy economy.

"There are tremendous opportunities to move these green collar jobs into fruition, but I think the first thing that we need to do is to train individuals."

The Blue Green Alliance is a national coalition of labor and conservation groups. Its report is available online, at

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NM