Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There are no Green Jobs

Since Obama's started his presidential campaign through now, he has promised "green jobs."

Guess what? There are no green jobs.

The link is to an ABC story that details the training programs that aren't leading to green jobs. The jobs just don't exist. Plus the programs that do place people are placing many of them in other kinds of jobs that have nothing to do with being green.

I think this gets back to the problem that the whole idea of green energy lacks substance. For all the talk of solar and wind energy, there just isn't enough of it to make a difference.

I wonder how many jobs would have been created if the restrictions on oil exploration and drilling would have been lifted?

Yes, I know we need do research and try to figure out what the next energy sources will be. But in the meantime, we have to also consider our existing needs today, and not just 20-40 years out.

I don't want to get too political on this, because whenever "green jobs" are mentioned, people choose sides quickly. I just want to focus on the reality of the situation where we're seeing high fuel prices and tight energy supplies impact people negatively. The economy is fragile, and oil shocks tend to lead to recessions.

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