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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a new grant program to help train workers in environmental jobs in mid-January. The grant gives about 190 million dollars to states to fund training for green jobs and then the states have further broken down the funding by county. This incentive is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was signed into law in February of 2009. The purposes of the grants are to both help boost jobs and give jobs to those who are out of work, as well as promote more efficient and environmentally friendly industries.
These grants are part of a larger range of renewable energy incentives. These incentives help to support emerging industries, and increase job opportunities. Employers can benefit from these grants as well as employees. Employers can take advantage of the grants in order to get further training for their employees. Information for can be found at One-Stop Career Centers.
This was the third grant of this type in the first three weeks of 2010. The government is putting a lot of money into the economy in an effort to promote alternative energies. The biggest reason the government is spending this much money is in an effort to stimulate the economy. The area of green jobs is a new emerging industry that has a great potential for growth even without the added stimulus. One obvious reason to support environmental jobs is to try to reduce the human impact on the environment, especially in terms of global warming. There are not only environmental reasons to look at reducing American dependency on oil though. It would also be economically beneficial to develop alternative forms of energy that do not depend on foreign companies. That is why a large part of the stimulus bill is going towards green jobs, and training for green jobs.
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