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Green-collar vs. blue

From wind-farm technicians to ethanol plant workers, Western New York is sprouting green-jobs. Renewable energy holds out promise of growth in an era of rising oil prices, advocates say.  Also growing are projects that reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as corporate and government clean-up efforts proliferate.

The green trend can benefit Buffalo, boosters say. An Environmental Summit at Daemen College Sept. 29 will examine jobs in renewable energy, the future of ethanol production here and similar topics. In 2009, the American Solar Energy Society plans its national conference here.

Still, the jobs are widely spread across professions and companies, making them difficult to count. Can a smokestack city change its stripes?

-- Fred O. Williams

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