Labor Secretary Hilda Solis: Green Jobs Forecast to Pick Up

Mixed reaction has come from Monday’s National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas when Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said she believed hiring in the alternative energy industry will pick up in the next 12 months, but it would take much longer than that for green jobs to become a bigger part of the U.S. job market.

Tulsa World writer Oskar Garcia published an article that summarized the topic on green jobs as it related to Solis’ comments:

Solis said that new government incentives will kick-start hiring in the fledgling industry as companies regain confidence and find it easier to borrow money.

“Once you start seeing more investments made in our economy recovering, as we stabilize and we get people back to work, then I think there’ll be more interest in expanding,” Solis said. “There’ll be more, hopefully, credit available for this expansion, because there will be more confidence because that’s what we’re lacking right now — that investment and confidence in the market.”

After a terrible start to the year, there are signs of a rebound for alternative energy, in part because of a push from the Obama administration.

The second National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas drew a high-profile list of alternative energy backers, including former President Bill Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“The economic crisis, the security crisis and the climate crisis are all intertwined, and the common thread running through them is our absurd and dangerous overdependence on carbon-based fuels,” said Al Gore, Clinton’s vice president.

“If your grab hold of that thread and pull on it all three of these crises will unravel,
and we’ll hold in our hand the solution to all three of them — that is to make a transition to a low-carbon economy and to put people to work doing it,” he said.

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