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This week: Obama and the greening of the USA

Text by Eve IRVINE

Latest update : 2009-06-22

Will Barack Obama's presidency help make the USA a greener place? We have an all-American show, with reports on green cars, green jobs and green dating.

 

 

 

US President Barack Obama has promised change and many in Europe are hoping that he will keep his electoral promises of catching up on the battle against climate change.

 

Limits have already been put on America's gas guzzling cars: CO2 emissions and petrol needs have to but cut by 2016. With the measures announced by the Obama administration consumption will go down to 6.5 liters per hundred kilometers: a level that still lags behind Europe which aims for 4.5 liters per hundred kilometers by 2012.

 

But it's not just the automobile industry that Obama wants to overhaul, he has also promised to create 5 million new green collar jobs. The term has been coined beyond the US borders and taken off across in Europe too. The UN estimates that there will be 20 million new green collar workers by 2030.

 

Europe boosted its green sector last December when it pledged to source 20% of its green energy from renewable sources by 2020. The UK remains the heart of the Green business, 28% of eco companies have their corporate headquarters there.

 

A recent Reuters survey put the average green salary at 76 thousand dollars. Considering themselves well paid or not, globally 93% of green collar workers say they would recommend their career to others.ENVIRONMENT tells you more about what they are and how you can find a green job.

 

And if it's not a green job you’re after but rather a soul mate with the environment at heart Gulliver Cragg shows you how the internet can help you find your ecological sweetheart.

 

Finally ENVIRONMENT takes you to Greensburg in Kansas, a small town that was destroyed by a tornado in 2007 and decided to turn itself into an environmental experiment. With numerous schools, homes and businesses turning Green, the town has become a model for the rest of the country.

 

Date created : 2009-06-06

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