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TN Needs Green Jobs Now

March 8, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's recent success in recruiting large, green, job-producing industries, such as Wacker Chemie AG in Bradley County and Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville, will create thousands of new jobs. Now is the time, however, says Tennessee Alliance for Progress coordinator Nell Levin, to pressure state lawmakers to pass a bill helping small businesses create more green-collar jobs, particularly in urban and rural areas now suffering high unemployment.

"We do feel like the potential is there for a lot more green jobs, especially if we really make a commitment to transform to an energy-efficient economy."

Levin says Europe and Asia are expanding their clean-energy economies much faster than is the U.S., and now is not the time to fall behind the global competition.

"If we wait five, ten, 15 years, we are really going to be in big trouble in the country, for a number of reasons."

The Tennessee Alliance for Progress helped start the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County in 2008 because of a belief that creation of green jobs will create an inclusive, sustainable and healthy economy. A bill filed in December of 2009, The Tennessee Green Jobs Act, will soon be considered by the state legislature.

The bill can be read online at

Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN