Monday, March 7, 2011

What does it mean to be green?

Though the government has made great strides in developing a precise definition and policy guidelines for offering financial support to the green jobs sector, the issue is still debatable. During the month of March, 2011, the Department of Labor queried the government on its guidelines towards defining and computing a measure for green jobs (Cohen). This happened after the government had provided a stimulus package for this department. The following month, the Department of Commerce sought to clarify the issue by coming up with 2 definitions – broad and narrow (Cohen). Though the issue is still hotly debated, most people agree that future of green jobs heavily relies on government will and aid. One organization said that the green jobs sector would collapse were it not for government incentives and funding. However, it is my honest opinion that the government should not create jobs that cannot sustain themselves; rather, the government should focus on the long-term viability of jobs in the quest to solve environmental and economic hardships (Cohen). To me, anything green should have this aspect. Therefore, natural gas, though a fossil fuel, is sustainable in the long term (Cohen). As such, I would classify it as ‘green’.
 By: Rakan AlShaye

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