The Quest for Green Jobs

The Quest for Green Jobs. YaleGlobal. Doaa Abdel Motaal. June 27, 2013.

The goal of sustainability is a clean environment for some, good jobs for others. Confusion is particularly acute in the area of renewable energy as countries accuse one another about unfair competition in solar panels, explains Motaal. “Much of the competition over green jobs ignores the fact that, in today’s world, production chains have gone global,” she writes. “This was recognized in full when the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled at the end of 2012 that the extra duties to be imposed on imported Chinese solar modules would not apply to any module assembled in China but containing solar cells originating from a third country.” Over-emphasis on manufacturing jobs neglects the jobs associated with design, finance, installation or maintenance. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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