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new job opportunities identified in research into climate change

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10:10 pm
March 1, 2011


Quetzal

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I, for one, am cheering Gillard on in her attempts to get a carbon price instituted. I'm also cheering on Turnbull for offering some kind of critique of his own party for opposing this move. I'm sure there's many who are quite tired of seeing the politically weak evasions of a necessary step and, moreover, the fear mongering that is engendered by those who would argue that jobs will be lost in mining etc. Here's some research strengthening the view that new opportunities will be created through employment in the 'green' sector. 

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/sto…..150570.htm

11:49 am
March 20, 2011


marea

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Yes, the fear-mongering about job losses is very unhelpful.

Another report that gives an indication of the tremendous new job opportunities that may arise from a clean energy future is the "Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan". It has been prepared by Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute.

The report has calculated that transitioning Australia to 100% use of renewable energy by 2020 would create more ongoing jobs in renewable energy than would be lost in old fossil fuel industries.

The Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions gave an interesting talk about the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan in Canberra on 17 March 2011.

11:56 am
April 4, 2011


marea

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Here is another study, prepared by CSIRO in 2008, that also highlights the opportunities for new "green jobs", and points to the need for a significant education and training effort to ensure that Australia will have enough skilled people to take up the new jobs:

Growing the Green Collar Economy: Skills and labour challenges in reducing our greenhouse emissions and national environmental footprint

7:07 pm
April 18, 2011


marea

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There's been yet more fearmongering about loss of jobs, with more sectoral interests putting up their hands for compensation.

I guess it's not in their interests to talk about the tremendous job opportunities that will come with a transition to a low carbon economy!

 

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