What’s holding up green job growth in the US?

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: News, Questions |

Here’s a really interesting analysis from the New York Times of why US green job growth has been slower than many hoped. The author, Steven Greenhouse  (a name that made him destined to study climate and energy?), discusses the policy differences that are causing the US to fall behind Spain, China and other countries in green jobs and green manufacturing. The conclusion is mixed, with a few companies closing factories in the US and/or relocating to other countries, but a few opening up new facilities in the US.

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4 Responses to “What’s holding up green job growth in the US?”

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According to the NY Times article, China subsidizes 80% of factory and labor costs. This business model would make the solar industry a state owned industry if the US government operated this way. I think it will be impossible for US solar companies to ever compete on those terms.

Scott- I agree with you, China’s subsidies do make it difficult for the US to compete, but what would putting a price on carbon do to this equation? It could make shipping Chinese panels more expensive and lead to growth among domestic manufacturers…

Tanya – Thanks for putting your energies in to this subject. I like the sounds of any systems that make it more appealing to produce in the US, but would cap and trade amounts really be enough to overcome 80% of factory and labor costs?

I think that an internationally binding treaty that effectively creates a global price on carbon would do the job…that’s easier said than done though…


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