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Green Jobs Are Coming, But What's A Green Job, Anyway?
CNBC.com | February 26, 2009 | 02:46 PM EST

Everyone’s talking about green-collar jobs, but defining what one is is a pretty grey issue.

“There’s no answer. We don’t really know what one is,” says Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com , a Web site that covers corporate and environmental practices. “It’s a big problem because there’s a lot at stake politically.”

President Barack Obama’s New Energy for America plan would commit $150 billion for the creation of five million green jobs over the next ten years. But experts remain split on what makes a job a green one.

For instance, does a person who builds an SUV one week and a hybrid the next week at the same car plant have a green job? What about the truck driver who delivers solar panels, or the accountant who works at the office of a wind turbine producer?

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