According to a recently released study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, green jobs accounted for 2.5 percent of total US employment in 2010. Additionally, Vermont had the highest percentage of green jobs, at 4.4 percent, or nearly 13,000 jobs.
The bureau defines green jobs as “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.” This definition umbrellas the nuclear industry, as well as manufacturers of energy-efficient appliances, batteries and wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, bus drivers, trash collectors, and many other occupations. The complete study can be found at the BLS website.
Vermont Yankee has produced clean electricity for over forty years. Its clean operation avoids 2.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, as well as emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Avoidance of these harmful greenhouse gases has helped Vermont achieve its second-place nationwide ranking for lowest overall carbon footprint. Clearly, this environmental benefit is in line with the bureau’s definition of green jobs.
As recently reported in the media, Governor Shumlin says he wouldn’t have included Vermont Yankee in the green jobs tally. As a Vermont Yankee employee, I’m pleased that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics recognizes my job as green, but I wish the Vermont legislature would put the political agenda aside and do the same.
One of the BEST Places to work in Vermont
It seems that organizations ranging from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to the Federal Government think Entergy Vermont Yankee is a good, green workplace. The Vermont nuclear power plant was recognized twice in the last few weeks for being both a green jobs provider and one of the state’s top employers.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor recently ranked Vermont first in the nation in green jobs, in part because emissions-free nuclear power was very rightly considered “green.” Last week, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine ranked Vermont Yankee as the third best place to work among Vermont’s large employers. Other well-known Vermont companies such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, King Arthur Flour, and Edward Jones were also recognized for excellence.
Knowing that Vermont Yankee is both a great place to work and one of the top green jobs providers in Vermont, the state should stop trying to shut us down. The plant is a safe source of power and employs hundreds of Vermont residents who pay taxes, own homes, and spend their hard-earned dollars here. Employees like me donate our time generously to helping improve the communities in which we live; as volunteer firefighters, school volunteers, youth sports, and as public officials.
The contribution by Vermont Yankee and its employees is impressive and its importance to our state should not be underestimated.
Entergy Employee from Dummerston, VT
Notes & Events
Saturday April 14th: Castleton Republican breakfast at the Trak-In on Route 30 in Bomoseen, VT. Breakfast at 8:30 am followed by Guest Speaker Senator Randy Brock. RSVP to Castletonrepublicans@yahoo.com or for additional info contact Al Gustafson at 802-273-3954.
Wednesday April 18: Ethan Allen Institute’s 19th annual Jefferson Day Event, 7:30 PM, Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre. EAI Founder John McClaughry will speak on “Mr. Jefferson’s Economy.” Governor Jim Douglas will introduce John McClaughry.
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