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And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, whose candidacy for president is centered on climate change, wants the young volunteers in his own proposed conservation corps to work on mitigating the causes of climate change not only at home but also abroad - with an aim of placing some participants in green jobs outside government after finishing.
The two-birds-with-one-stone approach - to give young people jobs while preparing for a warmer world - is also being pitched by some Democrats as part of their vision for a Green New Deal. That nonbinding congressional resolution, introduced earlier this year by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., calls for a job guarantee as part of a broader plan toward the ambitious goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions within a decade.
Eric - Seleznow - Deputy - Assistant - Secretary
Eric Seleznow, former deputy assistant secretary at the Labor Department under President Barack Obama, cautioned administrators of any future climate corps to ensure that it gives participants marketable skills if they are going to promote it as a job-training program.
"Most of the country's workforce development programs have gotten a lot smarter over the past few years, and we do not invest in training unless there's it's an in-demand occupation," said Seleznow, who is now a senior adviser at Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit group focused on workforce development.
Demonstration - Jobs - Jobs
"So there's got to be a demonstration that the jobs are there or that the jobs will be there soon," he added.
Jobs in the renewable energy industry are rapidly growing. Solar panel installers...
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