March 1st, 2009
11:30 AM ET
6 years ago

King: Green jobs grow slowly in Philadelphia

 Gamesa, a Spanish company that builds turbines for windmills, has set up shop in the former US Steel plant.

Gamesa, a Spanish company that builds turbines for windmills, has set up shop in the former US Steel plant.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - At the Bright Hope Baptist Church, dinner is served on tables with neat, white tablecloths. A vase with a plastic flower is the centerpiece.

The welcoming mood masks the grim reality.

The salad, garlic bread and spaghetti dinner is a lifeline to the 100 to 125 people who visit the inner-city Philadelphia church's soup kitchen. The growing demand outpaces supplies from area food banks, and the church more and more relies on donated canned goods from its congregants to help those struggling just to eat.

These are trying times in a city and state once defined by the steel factories that supplied the spine of America's industrial revolution and a proud blue-collar spirit.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. stop the outsourcing

    so many bad decisions by business

    we are where we are due to relaxing regulation

    all the SEC, labor rules, trade rules, house buying rules are there for a reason

    the GOP has gotten us where we are

    March 1, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Randy M Lake

    The man is a traitor, plain and simple. Why aren't Americans saying it out loud? There, I said it for everyone!

    March 1, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Randy M Lake

    Rush Limbaugh is a traitor, pure and simple. Why aren't Americans saying it outloud? There I said it out loud!

    March 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Mike in Philly

    Nice to see a story about Philly that wasn't about the murder rate (decreasing finally, thank goodness) or all the cops being killed ...

    March 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Ray Fisher

    I fear the terminology of "Green Jobs" more than anything. Building a Hummer and building a wind turbine both fulfill the same goal of providing employment yet by tagging the job "Green" the media begins shedding propaganda like skin cells hoping for a scandal increasing circulation. The media risks turning the public off "Green" jobs as something only a wimpy, tree-hugger will consider when the facts are that "Green" jobs often require the most "Macho" of all qualifications, that of intellect and common sense by increasing energy efficiency. I'd rather the term "Smart" be used in place of "Green" simply to lose the stigma of somehow caving in to the "Liberals" as some folks may consider those who want to improve life by conserving resources, as I term them the true "Conservatives"!!!

    March 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. thomas

    This is a serious problem. Even those on food stamps can afford to eat for only about three weeks a month, if they economize. We will pay a huge price for this lack of nutrition, in terms of health costs, behaviorial problems and illiteracy if this situation is not corrected.

    March 1, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Griff............... on The Truth...

    Religion! Where Children are just Fish in an Ocean, of Free-Loaders.

    March 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Harvey G

    Limbaugh is such a pig...

    March 1, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Lilly Rose

    Now if the Republicans want to make themselves useful, try to find a way to alleviate the suffering of the people of this country. We all know you don't care for President Obama's attempts to fix this, but you could at least come up with something a bit more original than tax cuts. What good are tax cuts to people who have to go to a church for a meal? And giving it to a corporation that may, if it feels like it, create some jobs, is just plain criminal at this point in history.

    March 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Rob from Pa

    There's no such thing as a 'green' job out side of picking up litter.

    March 1, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. B. Churchill

    Why does a foreign company need to come to the US to set up a wind turbine factory? What is wrong with us that we are not out in front on these things? Let's do whatever it takes to get real again. Americans are the hardest-working people on this planet – time for the bankers, speculators and politicians to get out of the way – or their cash cow will be dead.

    March 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Just Me

    I wish the GOP would bring about solutions rather than telling us how bad the Dems are. The GOP should get its house in order, come up with plans (something new, not re-hashing same old tired, useless lines) and become a legitimate party again, one not solely based on fear and hatred. The party has much to contribute.

    March 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. JB Sullivan

    Rep. Price wants the big failure goverment of republicans to be back in power. Obama wants the government to save America and help its people. Only a morally and intellectually bankrupt person would vote republican after the disaster Mr. Price andf his party caused.

    March 1, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Oh dear, we are 10 years behind. Could have done this in the 2000's!! We could have OWN the world.

    March 1, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. John

    Can we actually try giving this some time, BEFORE we judge how successful it is?

    March 1, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Ula Nejad

    Philadelphia should just stay focused. Wall Street will take care of itself depending on Obama's leadership on the economy.

    March 1, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Larry Houston TX

    I have watched John King today, interviewing the people
    in Bucks county, and Lancaster county, Pa....It was a
    very good interview, and very educational, to say the least.
    I wish most americans were able to watch it, however, I
    knew where he was at, and have been through that area,
    and was born & raised just down river from where he was
    talking to all those people who were gathered around that
    table, and so on....That is Congressman Murtha's District.
    Just like John King said, the unemployment in that area
    is around 8 or 9 percent, and majority of the people don't
    know where to turn, especially when they have shut down
    practically all of the steel plants, and every other factory
    from Three Mile Island, on both sides of the Hudson river,
    the Potomac river, and across to the Ohio river, and down
    to Paducah Ky.....There were at least 1000 factories that
    either has moved away, shut down, or just closed their
    doors, and are used for warehouses now, or storage, of
    some type, in the area that I just described.....I also know for
    a fact, that most of those people are white / blue collar workers,
    and hardly ever hear of another language ever spoken, other than
    English, whenever they go to any bank / government building / or
    any retail store, in their area, and most of those people have voted for
    McCain, just because they didn't like the color of Obamas skin. I
    know that sounds pretty sad, but what congressman Murtha said,
    was right, because I know, I've lived there for 45 years, and it was the
    best thing that ever happened to me, when I got the heck out of
    that factory, (after 27 yrs) moved away, ( lock /stock / barrel )
    and started my own business.

    March 1, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Griff............... on The Truth...

    "Black in America". The way Black people look on the USA.
    But you are still in the Red. I call it "Dum in America."....
    The Milkey-Way. Milk it while you can. Put nothing in.. Just Take.
    When will Borack Obama, stop: milking the USA???
    ....

    March 1, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Griff............... on The Truth...

    I said the "TRUTH"... You don't like the truth. But it is still the Truth.
    You can't stand the truth.... You live in dreams...

    March 1, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Larry

    53% of the people made a huge mistake,and 100% of the people have to "pay" for it now.

    March 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. arithmetic is liberal

    Green jobs.

    Instead of working for Walmart, hundreds of thousands could be building wind turbines.

    Instead of making landmines, we could be installing solar panels.

    But I also couldn't agree more with the guy who said they shouldn't be called green jobs. These are solid American manufacturing jobs, and could benefit Americans of any political persuasion.

    March 2, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |