Real Economy of the Future = Green Jobs

Green Jobs for America

Green Jobs for America

You know, as opposed to the Fake Economy that is now falling down around us like a house of cards.


Found in my email box today, from the Working Families Party:

… The reason investors poured so much money into real estate speculation and opaque financial instruments is the lack of investment opportunities elsewhere. In the long run, the only way we can have a vibrant economy without financial bubbles and crises is if the government takes the lead in creating major new opportunities for investment. In the 19th century that meant railroads and canals, in the 1930s it meant the public works programs of the New Deal, in the 1950s it meant the federal highway system. Today it means a crash program to respond to the challenge of climate change with massive public and private investment in green jobs and alternative energy. Without a commitment to to rebuilding the real economy, this bailout is just addressing the symptoms and not the underlying disease.

This line of thinking about where our economic future lies has been expressed by voices ranging from Thomas Friedman to Lester Brown to the AFL-CIO. Perhaps it’s simple-minded of me to say so, but I’d like to see our financial system based on products that actually exist, and see people get paid for working instead of for getting fired (after destroying other people’s lives and livelihoods). Is that too much to ask?

3 Responses to “ Real Economy of the Future = Green Jobs ”

  1. Quote: “The reason investors poured so much money into real estate speculation and opaque financial instruments is the lack of investment opportunities elsewhere”

    This is untrue. Investors poured money into these areas because government policy sent signals to the market about the stability of these sectors. The same thing is happening with the green jobs movement. Unfortunately, we will see a repeat of what happened in Spain happen here in the States. Namely, for every 4 green jobs created, 9 are lost. (Source: http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=46453)

    You can try to force the free market with policy, but you will only make things worse. Try to think of the free market the way Native Americans thought of Mother earth. Nurture it and thrive, fight it and be punished.

  2. Can’t agree with the analogy here… Mother Earth can only be nurtured by placing some regulation on human greed, and the (so-called) Free Market is no different.

    Green jobs that are *truly* green, meaning they are integral to a sustainable future model of energy and resource use, will thrive; those that are based on selling hyped-up/overpriced “green” products by playing to people’s guilt and fear, maybe not so much.

  3. Green jobs aren’t everything. They singlehandedly wont save the economy. Green jobs just offer a new age way of being many of the same things we’ve done for years.

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