The Green Jobs Chimera
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  • The thing about green jobs is that they subtract rather than add to our overall standard of living. Sure, they show up in our GDP. But then so do reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of a hurricane. (Except in this case it is an imaginary hurricane that probably won’t happen.)

    • Corlyss

      Agree. The whole object behind green everything is to return the modern world to pre-modern conditions, including cottage producers, poverty, and primitivism in which the Greens run the world (and coincidentally get all the perks and energy THEY need to keep the rest of us peons in line). It’s never been about anything but power, in the rawest political sense of the word.

  • Corlyss

    Boy, if anyone wanted to model what happens in a managed economy, they need look no further than Obama’s green energy debacles.

  • Mark Michael

    An irony for the “Greens” who believe so fervently in textbook socialist arrangements (in their heart-of-hearts) is that they must learn the basics of how capitalist economies actually work – if they want to avoid these kind of foolish situations in which they now find themselves w.r.t. solar panels.

    Some kind soul should volunteer to provide these theological Greens with online courses in economics – charging them a handsome fee, of course. Advertise them as a Supplement to Saul Alinsky’s 1970’s “Rules for Radicals”: what you need to know about macroeconomics that will allow you to better transition the American economy from its current free-market capitalism to your fervently-desired textbook socialism.

  • Toads

    The funny thing is, most ‘environmentalists’ appear to be the people who would be LEAST capable of surviving in the wilderness on their own….

    They are the most pampered, detached from natural forces group of sheltered morons around.

  • Toads

    “who know the silly greens will lobby for your sweetheart deal if you sprinkle some of their favorite phrases into the promotional literature.”

    A lot of those are women.

    And women will believe anything… and I mean ANYTHING, that makes them feel good about themselves…

    What do you think pickup artists teach, and why do you think it works so well?

  • I BarKahn

    Mead: You had an absolute duty to protect Conservative citizens from the machination of the left. You, and your Conservative media colleagues, turned your back on your duties, fled into silence and permitted an ineligible candidate with a shockingly unsavory past to become President and the sign bills into law with an alias (an alias!). The capitulations, the self-imposed censorship, and the collaboration of the Conservative media–which never allows itself to mention, let alone discuss–Obama’s illegitimacy,
    is on a scale not seen since the pre-WWII German and Itlalian press, and the press during the Vichy government. What company to be in.
    This is the saddest and most shameful period since the Civil War.

  • bannedforselfcensorship

    But waht if “recycling” government aid into political donations and the photo ops before the plants close down are what the pols are really after?

  • Whitehall

    Professor Mead is being both far too kind and far too naive.

    The self-delusion of the greens can be assumed but the corruption must be uncovered and exposed.

    Renewable energy has been a self-evident hoax from the first to any honest and aware person with an understanding of the role of energy in our economy.

  • richard40

    Gov subsidies or spending never create jobs, theymerely move them from the private sector to the public sector, or from an unsubsidized to a subsidized sector, with an acompanying loss of efficiency due to gov burocratic/political overhead.

  • teapartydoc

    Check out Ben Stein’s take on Smoot-Hawley in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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