Green jobs–mostly a sham
| April 21, 2009 |
If it were Rush Limbaugh saying this, that would be one thing. But this is a distinguished group of researchers from the University of Illinois College of Law. You have to subscribe to the journal or buy a hard copy of the full report, but the abstract is pretty damming just by itself. Highlights:
–By promoting more jobs instead of more productivity, the green jobs described in the literature encourage low-paying jobs in less desirable conditions.
–Economic growth cannot be ordered by Congress or by the United Nations.
–Government interference – such as restricting successful technologies in favor of speculative technologies favored by special interests – will generate stagnation.
–Some technologies preferred by the green jobs studies are not capable of efficiently reaching the scale necessary to meet today’s demands and could be counterproductive to environmental quality.
–Green jobs estimates include huge numbers of clerical, bureaucratic, and administrative positions that do not produce goods and services for consumption.