Environmental Mania Claims Jobs
Something has seemed forced — in a “just a bit too perfect” way — about the promise of “green jobs” as some sort of savior of our economy. Ben Lieberman suggests that, even if such jobs do proliferate, they don’t match up with the number of jobs lost to the larger ecological zeitgeist:
According to a study conducted by the Heritage Foundation, the bill would cost half a million manufacturing jobs by 2018, 1 million by 2022, and more than 2 million by 2027. Of course, most of these displaced workers will eventually find something else to do, but often at lower wages.
Some proponents claim that new “green collar” jobs would make up the difference. For example, there will be more work at solar-panel manufacturers and other industries helped by the bill. But these jobs will be swamped by the number of those lost. The Heritage figures are net of any manufacturing jobs gained, and also exclude blue-collar jobs likely to be lost for reasons unrelated to the global-warming bill. …
To add insult to injury, as many households struggle with layoffs and shifts to lower-paying jobs, they also will have to endure higher prices for electricity, natural gas and gasoline thanks to this bill — a costly double whammy.
All for the promise of an ultimately minor benefit to the environment, if any. As some of us have been unable to avoid noticing, however, “green” is more of a religion than a considered reaction. It brooks no dissent and tabulates no costs, but permits the insertion of all manner of prior political preferences.