Monday, February 16, 2009

House GOP Killing Green Jobs for Virginia


Chris Larkum works a green job as a Cityspace carpenter and solar foreman. A recent morning found him cutting lumber at a dusty house the company is renovating at 1417 Grove Ave. in Richmond's Fan District.

The house is getting solar panels, extra insulation, a green roof -- a roof with plants on it -- and woodwork using lumber harvested in an environmentally friendly manner, among other amenities.

The job does and doesn't feel like other construction work, Larkum said.

"Lifting up 2-by-4s is lifting up 2-by-4s," he said. "On the other hand, the practices that we use are new, more responsible practices."

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Renew Virginia program faring better in Senate

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's Renew Virginia program includes proposals to support green jobs and industries.

The governor says Virginia can create tens of thousands of green jobs by 2025.

So far, his program is faring better in the state Senate than in the House of Delegates. Among Kaine's plans are bills in the General Assembly that would:

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