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Report: Green Economy Means Jobs for Virginia

June 16, 2008

Richmond, VA - Many Virginians are looking for jobs, and building a "green" economy may be the fastest way to get them to work, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group's research predicts one of the first sources of job growth will be in industries that make existing homes and businesses more energy efficient.

Brooks Cressman, with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the state already has the people and skills to meet those needs.

"When you're renovating buildings, you need carpenters, electricians, operations managers, welders, and truck drivers to transport the supplies and fuels. There's a combination of some percentage of new jobs that would be created, as well as jobs that would be oriented toward one of these areas."

Cressman says alternative fuels also could mean jobs on Virginia farms. While he doesn't believe corn-based ethanol has lived up to its promise, Cressman believes ethanol made from native grasses and other plants seems to have potential.

"There is some work being done at Virginia Tech, where they have some pilot programs. The need is to build a pilot plant and actually take this thing a little bit further; put some state money into it and it could generate some yield. There's certainly fallow agricultural land in the south of Virginia that could be used."

The report focuses on economic conditions in 12 states, including Virginia, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. It concludes that the quickest way to get Americans back to work is by investing in solutions to global warming. However, Congress recently cited high costs as one reason it turned down legislation that would have set tougher pollution control standards for the nation. The bill is expected to resurface next session.

John Robinson/Steve Powers, Public News Service - VA