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Friday, August 19, 2011

It isn’t easy being ‘green’ if you are looking for jobs, or energy, or prosperity, or truth

You know it’s bad when the NYT reports on it!

NYT: 'Green' jobs flopped

Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises

Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

Rosa Ore practiced installing a solar panel at Richmond BUILD, which gives low-income residents training in green jobs.

By AARON GLANTZ
Published: August 18, 2011

Flanked by a cadre of local political leaders, Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose used a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a solar power company last week to talk up the promise of the green economy.

Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

Practice at Richmond BUILD continued at a model home.

Mr. Reed called the opening of the new headquarters of SolFocus, which produces large, free-standing solar panels, an “enormously important” development for the city’s economy.

“Clean technology is the next wave of innovation that Silicon Valley needs to capture,” the mayor said, noting that the San Jose City Council had committed to increasing the number of “green jobs” in the city to 25,000 by 2022. San Jose currently has 4,350 such jobs, according to city officials.

But SolFocus assembles its solar panels in China, and the new San Jose headquarters employs just 90 people.

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