Did you see this article in the New Yorker?

The article discusses a power outage in Connecticut, leading to frozen pipes and highlighting the essential role and shortage of skilled trades like plumbing and electrical work. The author emphasizes the environmental and infrastructural consequences of this labor gap, noting that climate-friendly initiatives in the Inflation Reduction Act depend on these trades. The shortage is partly due to the nature of the work and a societal push towards college education over vocational training. Vocational careers, despite being physically demanding, offer stable, well-paying jobs and benefits. Historically, vocational training was marginalized but is now crucial given the aging workforce and increasing demand.