Friday, July 16, 2010

Not So Quick

"There are good reasons to create green jobs, but they have more to do with green than jobs...There is no reason on Earthy to think that spending money on green jobs is more effective than spending on other things."

Alan Blinder, quoted in: Michael D. Shear and Steven Mufson, "Obama holds fast to clean energy," The Washington Post, July 13, 2010

Lot of comparisons to green and the Internet and the long run, not much mention of short-term green jobs, energy efficiency, retrofit, etc.

" and grants extended under the Recovery Act...have the potential to 'stand up" new industries that could employ thousands of Americans by 2015."

This is the kind of slow, targeted, business-focused economic development that needs to occur. Although "Blinder says that imposing a carbon tax...would do more to create green jobs."

On a happy note: "There is so much deman for the clean-energy tax credits that the program is oversubscribed."

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