Energy on the Margins

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced a new DOE blog, launching The Energy Blog along with new accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

At the DOE website, he also notes:

Today is also the second and final day of the first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial — the first time in history that ministers of the world’s largest economies have gathered to focus exclusively on clean energy. You can watch it live from 10 AM to 5 PM and submit your questions directly to Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow through Facebook and Twitter (via hashtag #CEM).

The Hill reports, “White House to host meeting on green jobs Tuesday“:

The White House on Tuesday will host a discussion with community leaders, stake holders and energy experts from the federal government on ways the country can transition to a clean energy economy that will help create jobs and make the United States more competitive abroad.

The discussion is slated to begin in the morning and is expected to focus on the importance of sustainable buildings in a clean energy economy. Current initiatives and pending legislation is expected to be a part of the conversation.

A recent, little-noticed study by Economics and Statistics Administration analysis reported that, at most, only 2 percent of the economy qualifies as “the green economy.” From the introduction of “Measuring the Green Economy”:

Our results suggest that green products and services comprised 1% to 2% of the total private business economy in 2007. The lower estimate was developed using a narrow definition that included products that we found generated little debate regarding their “greenness.” The larger estimate was based on a broad definition that included products that some might argue were not green. Under the broad definition, the share of green products and services was substantially larger, but still constituted only a relatively small part of the economy.

The number of green jobs was also found to be modest, ranging from about 1.8 million jobs under the narrow definition to 2.4 million jobs under the broad definition. These jobs constituted between 1.5% and 2.0% of total private sector employment in 2007. Green products accounted for about the same share of employment in the manufacturing sector as in the services sector.

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