Politico argues that the carbon caps proposed by Obama’s budget will be good for the Midwest, despite the resistance from manufacturers.
A study by the Environmental Defense Fund identified 1,200 companies in 12 manufacturing states that would grow and create new jobs under a federal cap and trade system.
Read about it at lesscarbonmorejobs.org.
Michigan company Dowding Industries is hiring laid-off auto workers to build wind turbine components. In Pennsylvania, blacksmiths are finding jobs constructing parts for windmills, the article reports.
The Obama Administration sees an opening for cap-and-trade legislation in Congress via these stories and when the policy is cast as one that could generate a job swap — trading a dying industry for one Obama views as the future: creating environmentally friendly products.
Some people think this notion of “green jobs” is far-fetched. But I know for a fact that in Toledo, Ohio they are manufacturing solar panels. The plant looks just like an auto plant. Last I heard, First Solar was still hiring.
Ohio is the new Houston, Y’all! Ok, that might not be true … but we can hope.