Green collar jobs: the elusive key to revitalizing our country’s industrial and manufacturing base while reducing our environmental impact. The term gets bandied about quite often, but the reality is that these types of jobs are rare. And if green collar jobs are going to bring about the American industrial renaissance and create high-quality jobs, all levels of government are going to need to take some steps to encourage and incubate this new sector of the economy. Los Angeles, more than any other locality, seems to be taking some of these steps. LA Mayor Villaraigosa and some members of the City Council were recently reported to support a proposal for the city’s Department of Water and Power, a public utility that supplies electricity to approximately 3.8 million Los Angelenos, to greatly increase the amount of solar electricity that the agency produces.
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