I am a recent graduate of William and Mary with a double major in environmental science and policy and public policy. I will be an energy blogger. How can the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil? Is green technology going to happen sooner than we think? What kind of message is needed to sell individuals on the need to stop drill baby drill? These are some of the questions I'd like to ex...
Philadelphia Eagles: Leading Green Revolution and Job Creation
The good news for the Philadelphia Eagles is that "The team will add wind turbines, solar panels and a co-generation plant at Lincoln Financial Field over the next year." Not only is this development good news for the environment since both wind and solar are renewable sources, it is also good for the economy in terms of job creation. In particular, "Renewable energy company SolarBlue says about 150 temporary jobs will be created by the construction process and 50 permanent jobs." Clearly, the Philadelphia Eagles are showing how a relatively large football stadium which can be seen as an energy hog which contributes exponentially to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, does not have to be if they turn over to renewable sources like wind and solar. While this is a relatively small-scale project, the fact that 150 jobs are created on a temporary basis and 50 on a permanent basis shows that indeed green jobs do exist and can happen if the investments are made early on.
As such, if 5o permanent jobs can be created as a result of just one project at a football stadium, then it stands to reason that if such projects popped up throughout the U.S., many more can be created which would certainly help in part to address the relatively high unemployment situation that currently afflicts the U.S. What is lacking right now is the sufficient call to action across the U.S. to turn away from a fossil fuel dependent economy. If there is a sufficient call to action, then there will be national government action and business decisions to invest in capital projects like what the Philadelphia Eagles are doing. The green revolution, therefore, and its associated job creation certainly hold promise for helping the U.S. economy recover. What needs to happen, however, is the will-power and national call to action, which can make the Philadelphia Eagles project multiply across the U.S.
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