Climate Bill to Bring New Jobs?

Climate Bill to Bring New Jobs?

2009-06-29 07:24:13

Last Friday the House approved White House-backed legislation that will help combat global warming and put the U.S. on a new course for cleaner energy.  The legislation still faces an uphill battle, however, as many aspects of the bill are hotly debated.  One of the key issues on the table is if this bill will help, or hurt, U.S. jobs.

The debate includes some who believe that while investing more U.S. resources in new energy will open the door to perspective new careers and needs in this space, the restrictions the bill places on pollution from factories, refineries and power plants could put a damper on some existing jobs that are dependent on these operations.

In addition, many are discussing what financial impact passing the legislation, also known as the Waxman-Markey bill, will have on the American people.  The President was quoted in a recent Reuters article that the bill will cost American households the equivalent of a postage stamp per day, disputing those who argue the the transition will sacrifice U.S. economic growth.

Only time will tell the long-term impact on the environment, and the economy, the bill will have if it does pass, however in the meantime there are a number of companies who are proactively thinking about their imprint on the environment today.

Below is a list of some of the top U.S. companies that fit this bill, based on the 2009 Global 100: The Most Sustainable Companies in the World.  This recognizes companies that are “sustainable in the sense that they have displayed a better ability than most of their industry peers to identify and effectively manage material environmental, social and governance factors impacting the opportunity and risk sides of their business.”

As you can see from the Glassdoor report, these companies vary across the board in terms of both company and CEO approval rating, so there are no easy conclusions to be drawn that signify a sustainable company means a satisfied employee.  But at this point in our economy, the bottom line is that more jobs are a good thing.

Glassdoor Report: Most Sustainable Companies

Company Rating

CEO Name

CEO Rating

Proctor & Gamble

4.1

A.G. Lafley

88%

Nike

3.6

Mark Parker

84%

Intel

3.5

Paul Otellini

63%

Eastman Kodak Company

3.4

Antonio Perez

37%

Amazon.com

3.3

Jeff Bezos

71%

PG&E

3.2

Bill Marrow

38%

AMD

3.0

Dirk Meyer

40%

Dell

3.0

Michael Dell

46%

CocaCola

2.7

John Franklin Brock

25%

Hewlett-Packard

2.7

Mark Hurd

38%

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