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Building a ‘new energy’ work force: Industry, education leaders partner for training as need for skilled workers may rise

TMC Net – February 24, 2007

This is an article that discusses one of the benefits of the efforts to stop human causes of global warming. If we find that humans cause global warming (as some believe to be true), an entire new set of industries will be born. This article calls this the “new energy work force.”

While I am all in favor of new jobs being created and I am definitely in favor of developing alternative ways to produce and control energy, I often wonder if this is a symptom of the true reason for this conversation. Many people hold that global agreements such as Kyoto are simply ways to divert wealth to less fortunate parts of the world. They also hold that many industry leaders are pushing the global warming agenda just to sell themselves and their companies. Politicians are also lumped into this bucket at times (Al Gore being the one that most would recognize).

Energy company executives and Silicon Valley education leaders agreed Friday to work on developing training programs that will bolster the area’s “new energy” work force.

There is a glaring need for solar panel installers in the new energy industry, said Tom McCalmont, president and CEO of Campbell-based REgrid Power.

About 10 percent of the power used in the state is produced by renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and geothermal sources. But the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger want to increase that percentage to 20 percent or more by 2020.

New energy work force training programs might be developed by the University of California and state college system, but community colleges are the perfect vehicle for this kind of training

I originally found this article at this blog and the article appears here.

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