State of Green Jobs and Business

Two reports this week evaluate the world of green business and the jobs they provide. These surveys offer up a mixed bag of assessments. The Allegheny Front's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

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Two reports this week evaluate the world of green business and the jobs they provide. These surveys offer up a mixed bag of assessments. The Allegheny Front's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

The labor group Change To Win, along with the Sierra Club, has produced a scathing report on the types of green jobs companies offer. The analysis accuses many companies of offering low pay or shipping higher paying manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico. It challenges companies that do build their solar panels and wind systems in the US, saying they could pay their workers more. However, the majority of companies surveyed declined to offer up wage information, so the report looked elsewhere for statistics and admits it may underestimate pay rates. The report calls on companies that have government subsidies to keep their high paying jobs for Americans.

Meanwhile, Greener World Media's State of Green Business Report says despite the slowest improvement in carbon reductions since 2002, the green economy continues to show promise. It reports this is due in part to greater corporate desire to reduce carbon footprints and a broader interest in green building techniques. However, massive data centers running the internet can use as much electricity as a small city. And the report calls on the IT Industry to take advantage of available power saving technologies. With a slower economy, the report predicts technologies that require less capital and increase efficiency in either energy or water sectors will likely thrive.

For the Allegheny Front, I'm Lisa Ann Pinkerton