Job lost? Think turbines!

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,New Jobs,Side Benefits,Thinking Forward | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Layoffs continue to mount, unemployment claims reach new highs, and all indicators are “consistent with a deep recession” in the American economy. Let’s stop focusing on what has been and now is gone. We need to gear up ASAP for what Tom Friedman calls “the next great industrial revolution” – ‘green jobs’ in the new energy technology revolution.

Global warming is not a myth. And despite some politician’s attempt to “say it ain’t so,” climate change really is man-made. Thousands of concerned observers around the world already agree that solar, wind, geothermal, ocean wave, and every other form of renewable, non-polluting energy will be the only forms with which Spaceship Earth – and all animal life (including us humans) will be able to survive.

Elsewhere on this website I point blog readers to Tom Friedman’s latest book Hot, Flat and Crowded. In it he says that the US can re-establish its world economic leadership by creating technologies to make the Earth livable for man. As he sees it, new energy technology IS the “next great industrial revolution.”

And so back to the tanking US economy.

The US is in deep economic trouble right now, today. But instead of continuing to bail out the very organizations that got us into this dark and dismal economic crater, we need to invest our hard earned tax dollars into the new economic revolution that is already underway.

We need to step up to the front of the nation line and take responsibility for pushing the renewable energy revolution forward.

We need to refocus our educational mission. By developing green tech job training, green job skills development, and new energy education, we can re-establish the US as a world leader in innovative technology once again.

The need is out there. The opportunity is now. We can spend our efforts trying to preserve what won’t come back, or we can once again become a world leader in innovation, technology and education. Don’t believe we are on the cusp of a brand new economy?

The following clip from the Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari New Mexico…. pretty much says it all.

Certificate and Degree Programs

The high demand for wind turbines is creating a shortage of trained and qualified wind energy technicians who provide maintenance on the turbines. NAWRTC at Mesalands Community College provides instruction in wind turbine technology, turbine maintenance, tower safety, and wind economics. Completion of first-year courses will result in an Applied Science Certificate in Wind Energy Technology. Completion of the two-year program will result in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wind Energy Technology. Students in these programs will be prepared for rewarding and profitable careers in this growing field.

Click here to read more about the Mesalands future focused program.