Obama’s New Jobs Plan Helps Veterans and the Environment

Now here’s a plan that makes sense: the Obama administration has revealed a new jobs initiative that teaches Americans how to install solar energy panels. Better still, the initiative will specifically target veterans, who often have trouble finding careers back at home. Helping the environment and veterans to support themselves? Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

The White House’s program, called the SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network, has already undergone a successful testing period on a smaller scale. In its early stages, the program has certified about 1,000 instructors, with the goal of training at least 50,000 new solar employees by the end of the decade.

The booming industry has already become a prime source of jobs in the country – nearly 150,000 Americans had full-time, solar energy-related jobs as of 2013. Given the country’s plans to shift toward solar power more aggressively, the number of people with these careers will also need to increase dramatically.

Though the program is not exclusive to military members, the Obama administration is taking steps to ensure that veterans have easy access to this training. To start, the SunShot program will be unveiled at military bases in order to explicitly target Americans who need a new trade after completing their military service.

“Service members in this pilot program will learn how to size and install solar panels, connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes,” announced Dan Utech, an aid to Obama on energy and climate change. “This intensive training will prepare them for careers in the solar industry as installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations.

To ensure that the veterans receive not only the training, but also well-paying jobs, SunPower, Vivint Solar and SolarCity, three of the nation’s most prominent solar companies, have vowed to interview candidates who have completed the SunShot program.

In a lot of ways, Obama’s hands are tied when it comes to addressing climate change since Congress is unwilling to pass useful legislation. However, this jobs plan is a way of circumventing Congress altogether with the power he does have in order to do something positive for the country.

This jobs plan isn’t the only solar initiative currently in the works. Additionally, the Agricultural Department has allotted $70 million to cover new solar projects specifically in farming communities.

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Jim Ven
Jim V3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Spread Harmony
Spread Harmony4 years ago

"I'm 22 years old and I must have killed 30 people. The same thing that you were given badges for over in Iraq, would have you considered a serial killer over here. That's a very weird thought to have running around in your head when it's dark, going to sleep or late at night."

There is no place for doubt, sadness and fear in the American army.

Still, many soldiers struggle with these feelings. How do you deal with the fact that sometimes you don’t know anymore what you’re fighting for, that you see your buddies being blown up and have to scrape their brains off the street, or that you’ve shot a mother and child to death? “People don’t want to hear these stories. They want to shake your hand at the airport and then quickly move on.”

'Beer is Cheaper than Therapy' portrays what goes on behind the facade of heroism and the 'John Wayne mentality'.

Watch Beer is Cheaper than Therapy online at the link below:
http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/52435/Beer-is-Cheaper-than-Therapy

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Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long and prosper

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Graziella Veri
Graziella Veri4 years ago

noted,liked and shared.Thank you

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm4 years ago

Yeah yeah we know anbd Bill Gates is trying to kill people all over the planet with vacci nes too.

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Lexi c
Lexi C4 years ago

LINDSAY .S you are either a blatant IGNORANT or terribly MIS infomred - we are beinf sprayed DAILY - for Gods sake LOOK UP - we are being psrayed with chemicals , all the trees ,are dying right in front of you - watch this - and any one can judge for themselves - and LOOK UP SEE the jets SPRAYING YOU - these are NOTY "CON" trails - contrails do NOT esist , if you can SEE a trail coming out of a plane it is CHEMICAL SPRAY 100% of the time - wake up people your children are in GRAVE DANGER from geoengineering of the weather , our weather is being ENGINEERED there is NOTHING wrong with the climate - if the spraying would stop so would ALL 'climate ' problems - PLEASE watch 3 hours of testimony from 300 people including scientists,DR.s , biologists on the CHEMICAL spray operations taking place over ALL of our heads . PLEASE WAKE UP = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR4jawnS8Ss&list=PLZj_5Tu8X_uiHivNPjf2kJPstFRgbYD6k&index=69

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lindsay S.
lindsay Smith4 years ago

Chemtrails: "These arguments have been dismissed by the scientific community: such trails are simply normal water-based contrails (condensation trails) which are routinely left by high-flying aircraft under certain atmospheric conditions.[4] Although proponents have attempted to prove that the claimed chemical spraying does take place, their analyses have been flawed or based on misconception."

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Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

Cool

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Carmen Baez
.4 years ago

Thanks

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