Is Climate Change Creating Jobs? [VIDEO]


Is climate change a chance for new jobs?
America has its fair share of controversial issues. But certainly, climate change would have to rank near the top of the list of mostly hotly debated topics. As policymakers wrestle with how best to address the issue, workers have a much more immediate concern: is climate change creating new jobs -- or killing them? Where are the opportunities -- and the risks?

In honor of Earth Day (which falls on Monday, April 22), AOL Jobs' "Lunchtime Live Series" invited a range of experts to discuss these issues on the show Friday. The guests were Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Chris Steinkamp, of the liberal, non-profit Protect Our Winters and William Yeatman, associate director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment, a pro-business, libertarian advocacy group.

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Environmentalists. like Learner, see some job opportunities. "Solutions to climate change are creating jobs that are good for economic growth and are good for the environment," Learner said during the chat. As an example, he pointed to wind-power industry in his home state, Illinois, which already has 400 wind and solar power supply businesses already up and running. "They're hiring everyone from sales people to people who do marketing, to people do engineering to people who do design," he said.

In discussing professions that will become more valuable as the green sector grows, Learner highlighted one: "There's a shortage of wind technicians."

But some industries are being hit hard by climate change. Steinkamp said the winter sports industry -- which employers 500,000 people -- is struggling as weather patterns change. Winter sports-related businesses are still grappling with how to stay alive. "Are they going to fight climate change? Are they going to build up their sustainability departments? Or are they going to look at other business models?"

Watch the highlights reel below or the full video here. And share your comments below about what you think the impact of climate change will be on the future of jobs.

Lunchtime Live- Is Climate Change Creating Jobs?


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wilsonkoi

Sure it is adding jobs. I heard that Al Gore had to hire a second accountant to count his millions.

April 19 2013 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gliverson

In reality, the supposed climate cahnge stuff has added nothing world wide, and in fact, it is going the other way now. People even in deeply invested Germany are now dumping the solar and wind energy idea as just uneconomical and esthetically challenged! Global Warming..... formerly known for 2 decades as Global Freezing..... is falling from grace world wide as it is seen to a false sudo-science rather than real and factual science. Check out an interview with Senator Inhoff: http://epaabuse.com/12087/videos/senator-schools-liberal-journalist-on-global-warming/?utm_source=EPA+Abuse&utm_campaign=c2f19ab0ad-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email
This pretty well sums up the beliefs of of most all world leaders right now, even if they are too PC to say so.

April 19 2013 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeremiah

"Is Climate Change Creating Jobs?"

NO

April 19 2013 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rrusrjr2

Chicago cannot be the place to experiment with new energy ideas. Corruption in every aspect of city works would make such actions appear more difficult and more expensive to pursue. Unless energy companies could reach 'right to work' relief from union interferences, integrating new energy ideas will fail. Chicago and Cook County and the state of Illinois are reminiscent of Britain when Thatcher came into office, and discovered the socialist unions hold on every aspect of their economy.

April 19 2013 at 5:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
danabnnc

Oh Geez, the Climate Change Syndrome is a Hoax. Don't be suckered into believing it....

April 18 2013 at 9:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
vall17

Retrofit Chicago will be a disaster. The politicians will steal all the MONEY.Contractors will commit fraud and theft with the politicians. You know it and I know it.

April 18 2013 at 5:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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gliverson

Uh hi folks...... and where did we get the gang that now abuses our White House from??? Yeh, Chicago!

April 19 2013 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

Global cooling, no. Global warming, no. Global climate change. Now we have right nomenclature to con the little people!

April 18 2013 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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