The unemployment crisis in the United States continues. It started before President Obama took office but since his administration is now in control, the problem — and often times the blame — has fallen squarely in his lap. Yesterday Obama visited ZBB Energy in Wisconsin. The company manufactures high-tech batteries and is working to expand operations, meaning more green jobs for area residents.
This is just one example of the Obama administration’s strong commitment to clean energy. This commitment could lead to the end of the nation’s unemployment crisis in the next two years.
“We expect our commitment to clean energy to lead to more than 800,000 jobs by 2012. And that’s not just creating work in the short term, that’s going to help lay the foundation for lasting economic growth. I just want everybody to understand --just a few years ago, American businesses could only make 2 percent of the world’s advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles -- 2 percent. In just a few years, we’ll have up to 40 percent of the world’s capacity.” Source: White House
In order for these jobs to be realized, clean energy companies need to stop exporting manufacturing jobs outside the United States. Just yesterday I posted about a Michigan company that is exporting 140 green jobs to Mexico. The company needed to outsource these positions to keep the costs associated with solar cell manufacturing low. This is a catch-22 for clean energy companies – create the jobs here at a higher cost or stay competitive by outsourcing jobs?
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