A great man once said: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." That great man was Wimpy, from the
cartoons. That sentiment, in a way, can be applied to this one: If we invest now in green energy we will get paid in the future.Excerpt:
Green jobs pay more than the average private-sector job, the report
found. Some of the state's top greening industries, such as utilities
and chemical manufacturing, paid more than $1,000 per week or $50,000
per year, well above the average weekly wage of $811.
"We have good jobs. We have a growing sector," said Andy Levin, deputy director for Michigan's labor growth department.
said Michigan's renewable energy production -- jobs in areas such as
wind and solar manufacturing -- added nearly 1,900 jobs from 2005 to
2008, a growth rate of 30 percent.
The industry's growth,
however, isn't without challenges. A near-frozen credit market has
stalled work orders for wind- and solar-energy equipment and stifled
new green business ventures.
"There is a liquidity crisis even
for good, solid companies working in this space," said Stanley Pruss,
director of the Department for Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.
"We're confident that once liquidity unfreezes and money starts
flowing, things will pick up."
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