(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
San Francisco, CA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visited Mission Motors, a San Francisco green business that provides powertrain components for hybrid and electric vehicles.
President Obama expects tohave 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015 and new cars averaging 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Obama’s goal has been a boom for the clean technology. Jackson says, “As the president said, we can’t go back to the old economies. We have to build a new economy. And this is what the future of not just America, but the world is going to be.” Chris Moe, Chief Financial Officer for Mission Motors adds, “We wouldn’t be able to employ these people, raise the capital we have, or go in the direction we’re going in without those regulations.”
Mission Motors started 3 years ago with 4 people. Now the company has 40 employees and plans to double its workforce this year. President Obama stressed in his State of the Union address that he will continue to create more green jobs. But according to an audit by the Department of Labor, Obama’s $500 million in green job training grants only reached 10% of its job-placement goal. House Republicans are expanding their probe into Obama’s green job training programs because they believe it’s wasting money.
EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld explains that industrial development and job creation are not going to happen overnight but job training is still critical to people who don’t have those skills.
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