Green-Job Backers Seek Economic Incentive

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Green-Job Backers Seek Economic Incentive


Byline: Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

U.S. business leaders told President Obama Wednesday that the nation lags in developing good jobs out of clean energy and said the government must get involved to push the country further.

We're in the race, but we're not at the head of the race, said John Doerr, a venture capitalist with an interest in green jobs, at a meeting with Mr. Obama at the White House.

The president, for his part, acknowledged that his own plan to fight global warming is too difficult politically for many on Capitol Hill, and signaled he is open to the bill making its way through Congress to accommodate regional needs by giving some businesses rights to emit greenhouse gases.

Mr. Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board met for the first time and instantly ran into disagreement, with members putting off a vote on adopting a statement on how to go about creating green jobs and calling for action to combat global warming.

Mr. Obama warned that manufacturing jobs will not be returning to the large share of the American economy they held in the 1950s, but said the United States must begin to make things again.

We've had this idea we could just be the consumers of everything, Mr. Obama said. At some point, we've got to start selling stuff.

On the economy as a whole, Mr. Obama said he has seen encouraging signs in at least some places. …

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