Biden’s Middle Class Task Force Meeting Focus Green Jobs

02 Mar

Task Force Focuses on Green Jobs as a Pathway to a Strong Middle Class

The White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, led by Vice President Joe Biden, held its inaugural meeting on February 27 in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. The Task Force has a simple mandate: to find, highlight and implement solutions to the economic challenges facing the American middle class. With President Obama announcing last week more than $20 billion for investment in a cleaner, greener economy – including $500 million for green job training – the Task Force’s first order of business is to evaluate what investing in green jobs will mean for middle class families.

After VP Joe Biden presented at the Middle Class Task Force Meeting and discussed the $19 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment act that is dedicated to renewable energy. Solpower Jobs, a green web recruiter, believes Biden’s plan lacks foresight (Source: PRWEB and Solpower jobs).

Vice President Biden said,

“We all know that the existing electrical grid today is inadequate, insufficient and outdated. For example, of all the wind power that we’re talking about being able to create in the Midwest and North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and other plain states, (has) significant potential. But it cannot carry that energy right now to population centers that need the electricity most without a new transmission superhighway.”

Solpower jobs remarked on Biden’s meeting the next day saying,

“there is no doubt that smart grid technology is an improvement over the current electrical grid but… The current administration has not recognized the self sufficient decentralized energy sector.” Solpower jobs continued to bash the plan and proposed that building self powered homes was a better use of the budgeted funds.

Vice President Biden’s proposal would spend $11 billion of the $19 billion to build “The Transmission Superhighway” which the US Energy Department believes could provide the US with 20% wind energy. Additional information is available at the U.S. Department of energy website.

Additional Background on the Task Force

The Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Biden, is working with a wide array of federal agencies that have responsibility for key issues facing the middle class to expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families. One of the things that makes this task force distinctive is it brings together – in one place – those agencies that have the most impact on the well-being of the middle class in our country. For more information, visit www.AStrongMiddleClass.gov.

Who’s right?

Is VP Biden’s focus on the transmission superhighway a wise use of the money? Or, is more critical thinking and brain power needed to address our nation’s power dilemma?

Links to Energy Careers and Jobs

02 Oct

Resources for careers in energy and energy-related job listings.

Career Information

Association of Energy Engineers

A source for information on the dynamic field of energy efficiency, utility
deregulation, facility management, plant engineering, and environmental compliance.

Careers in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Lists resources that discuss the kinds of education and skills, both technical
and non-technical, that will be in demand in this new and exciting field.

Careers in Renewable Energy

A U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet that gives an overview of the career
opportunities in the renewable energy field.

DOE Career Opportunities

Features information about career opportunities at the U.S. Department of
Energy and its laboratories.

Engineering: Go For It!

Magazine style guide ($4.00) that opens up the world of engineering careers to high school students.

Environmental Career Center

Helps people work for the environment through comprehensive environmental
and natural resources job listings, career news, inside tips and advice, employer
interviews, and career research reports.

The Environmental Careers Organization

Features information on its career services and educational resources to help
the next generation of environmental professionals.

Junior Engineering Technical Society

Provides programs and resources for high school students interested in engineering
careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A key word search using “energy” will locate information on career opportunities
in energy.

The Solar Energy Institute

Offers a one-week summer program in Arizona that gives high school students
the opportunity to learn about the solar energy field through lectures, tours,
and hands-on research.

Welcome to the World of Engineering!

A guide from the American Society for Engineering Education for high school
students interested in engineering and engineering technology careers.

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program: Energy Careers

Features links to information on energy careers, energy education programs,
and employers in the energy industry.

Job Listings

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Energy Career Center

Provides links to employers in the wind energy industry.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Posts vacancies of European companies in the renewable/sustainable development
sector.

DOE Jobs Database

Features a searchable database of available jobs at the U.S. Department of
Energy, as well as an automated job application system.

Energy Jobs Listings

A list of energy-related employers in the Northwest from the Energy Ideas
Clearinghouse.

environmentjob.co.uk

Features listings of renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs and volunteer
opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Fuel Cells 2000: Employment Resources

Lists fuel cell companies and helps match qualified job seekers with fuel
cell companies.

Green Energy Jobs

A listing of jobs in the renewable energy industry.

Hydro Research Foundation: Job Postings

Posts job listings in the hydropower industry.

National Society of Professional Engineers: Energy Job Board

Features job listings, online resume posting, career tips, mentoring programs,
continuing education opportunities, and resources for high school and college
students.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Careers and Fellowships

Provides information on position vacancies and research opportunities at the
Lab.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Employment

Features current job openings at the Lab.

PowerPlantPro

Posts jobs listings for power industry professionals.

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