With an ailing economy, nearly double-digit unemployment and a sense among Washington lawmakers that something, anything, must be done to “create” jobs, politicians of both political stripes have turned to “green” jobs as the panacea to cure all ills. The president has promised $2.3 billion here, $3 billion there, and we’ve certainly all witnessed an endless stream of public statements touting the virtues of “green” jobs. So, with all this media attention, taxpayer resources and political capital dedicated to “green” jobs, many Americans find themselves asking the question: what exactly is a green job?In short, there is no true definition for a green job—even the Department of Labor admits that. Is a scientist working on the newest innovations in windmill technology a holder of a green job? How about the worker who burns 200 gallons of diesel fuel to transport that turbine to the installation site? Many Americans are … [Read more...] about What, exactly, is a ‘green’ job?
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SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) — Parts of Sonoma County are going through their fifth Public Safety Power Shutoff of the season. But this time around, those without power face the bitter cold as well as fire danger. Another wind event has forced PG&E to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff that affected approximately 50,000 customers in 11 counties. But due to improved weather conditions, PG&E already began restoring power to around 4,800 customers’ power in Napa and Sonoma Counties around 6 p.m. Wednesday. PG&E said current weather conditions pointed to a possible restoration for most customers by late Thursday. “Wind speeds exceeding 50 mph were recorded in most of these counties, including wind speeds over 70 mph in Sonoma County. Winds are expected to subside Thursday morning,” PG&E said in a statement. But in Santa Rosa on Wednesday night, intersections that would normally have traffic lights have been turned into a four way stop and all you see is … [Read more...] about PG&E Begins Power Restoration As Sonoma County Residents Face Bitter Cold
SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) — Parts of Sonoma County are going through their fifth Public Safety Power Shutoff of the season. But this time around, those without power not only face the bitter cold as well as fire danger. Another wind event has forced PG&E to implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Intersections that would normally have traffic lights have been turned into a four way stop and all you see is darkness as you drive through the neighborhoods. But there was one home that was looking a lot like Christmas. Alex Krebs, a Santa Rosa resident, says, “We were able to use the generator to light it up so we thought we would light up the neighborhood a little bit.” WATCH: CBSN Bay Area – 24/7 Digital News Channel from KPIX 5 The Krebs family made the best out of the PSPS to get ready for the holidays. With the power down, they don’t have the tools they need to work from home. Krebs added, “We just do the best we can because we can’t run the … [Read more...] about Sonoma County Residents Face Bitter Cold Amid PG&E Power Outages
Part of running for President is the contest to tell the best story about the problems of the country. Both Donald Trump and some of his Democratic rivals have spent significant time narrating the economic uncertainty in the lives of all but the richest Americans, a feeling of entrapment and helplessness. The odds that the Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang will last long in the race are slim, but in the contest to describe what’s wrong with America he has become a compelling and distinctive figure. Yang’s story begins with the displacement of workers by automation. He blames Donald Trump’s 2016 victory on the loss of four million manufacturing jobs in swing states. The loss of jobs, he emphasizes, has not been limited to manufacturing. Technology has taken revenue from malls, from newspapers, from taxi-drivers. For Yang, our country’s divisions are a purely economic story, with other problems—nastiness, racism, misogyny, bad ideas—caused … [Read more...] about How Andrew Yang’s Robot Apocalypse Can Heal a Divided Nation