Edwards unveils "green collar" jobs plan

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards wants to help train 150,000 American workers each year in what he calls "green collar" jobs.

The former North Carolina senator told a gathering in Iowa today that would allow workers to benefit from a growing energy economy.

Edwards talked to about 200 people at a restaurant in Humboldt in northern Iowa. He says the country must reform its energy use and end its addiction to foreign oil. Edwards says workers should be trained for new job opportunities in the growing energy industry.

He says Iowa can play a key role in producing ethanol and other biofuels as well as wind-generated energy.

Edwards says there is a need for skilled workers in research and development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon emissions control.

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