Green-collar jobs

As the green industry grows, more workers will be needed to build wind farms, weatherize homes, install solar panels and complete other jobs that can’t be outsourced. And the nation’s poor should not be left out.

That’s the thinking behind the Green Jobs Act of 2007, passed by the House of Representatives last week. The legislation authorizes $125 million annually for training programs to help people become skilled green-collar workers. Part of the funding goes to programs like the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, which gives priority enrollment to at-risk youth, low-income people, the formerly incarcerated and people of color.

President Bush vowed to veto the bill.