Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy




The
2000 Census found that immigrants, while accounting for but 12 percent of the population, made up nearly half of the all scientists and engineers with doctorate degrees in the United States.
Nearly 70 percent of the men and women who entered the fields of science and engineering from 1995 to 2006 were immigrants.
…So it should come as no surprise that immigrants will help drive the green revolution!
America's young scientists and engineers, especially the ones drawn to emerging industries like alternative energy, tend to speak with an accent. Yet, the connection between immigration and the development and commercialization of alternative energy technology is rarely discussed.

In the Immigration Policy Center's latest Perspective on Immigration piece,
Why Immigrants Can Drive the Green Economy, Richard T. Herman and Robert L. Smith explain how policymakers envision millions of new jobs as the nation pursues renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power. They highlight some voices that warn us that much of the clean-technology talent lies overseas… in nations that began pursuing alternative energy sources decades ago.

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3 comments:

afeatheradrift said...

Thanks Billie for such a timely post. When this country seems mired in the most repulsive of bigotry toward brown skins and Islamic faith followers, we desperately need to recall how we are all, all of us immigrants in the end. Thanks again.

Border Explorer said...

The hate is really getting me down, Sherry. Thanks for always being a beacon of hope for me...shining love and optimism. Bless you, my friend.

Vicente Duque said...

The Arizona Republic : Jan Brewer : "the majority of Illegals are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they're bringing drugs. And they're doing drophouses and they're extorting people and they're terrorizing the families. That is the truth, That is the truth"


The Arizona Republic
What part of exaggeration doesn't Brewer understand ?
By E. J. Montini
June 24, 2010

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/06/24/20100624Montini0624.html


Some excerpts :

And I'm not sure she does. Particularly after what she said during the June 15 televised debate among Republican gubernatorial candidates, the debate that none of us watched because there was a basketball game on at the same time.

Luckily (Or is it unluckily?) I have friends with grown-up tendencies, and one of them suggested I check out the debate online. There is a curious exchange late in the program between Brewer and Matt Jette, one of the other candidates. Jette said of illegal immigrants, "These people, a lot of them, are just trying to feed their family . . . They just want to work."

Brewer immediately jumped in, saying, "We are a nation of laws. And they are coming across our border illegally. And the majority of them, in my opinion, and, I think, in the opinion of law enforcement, is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they're bringing drugs. And they're doing drophouses and they're extorting people and they're terrorizing the families. That is the truth, Matt. That is the truth . . . "

The majority are not coming to work? The majority are drug-dealing extortionists?

Sadly, Arizona politicians have figured out that getting elected means convincing voters that they are tougher on immigration issues than the other guys. This leads to a little . . . exaggeration.

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