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Posted on 11/28/2012 12:48:57 PM PST by Academiadotorg
Employees at bicycle shops have green jobs, economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth points out in a Capital Research Center study. So do workers at antique dealers, at the Salvation Army used clothing recycling centers, and at used record stores, because used items count as recycled goods.
Furchtgott-Roth testified at a congressional hearing in June that examined the definition of green jobs. As a witness at the hearing, I explained that, because the white paper cup placed before me on the table had a Power to Save Energy logo, employees who produced it had green jobs, she recalls. The product met the BLS definition of environmental compliance, education, training and public awareness.
If the paper cup had been pure white, without the logo, its producers would not have had green jobs. Could it be that the government is creating such an elastic definition of green jobs because environmental businesses have been such a monumental failure? The Solyndra debacle wasnt unusual; some 79% of the companies receiving Energy Department loan guarantees have gone bankrupt or missed production goals, Furchtgott-Roth notes. She is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Ironically, since those who push for environmental mandates tend to be the same thinkers and activists who claim to help the poor, the very regulations they crave hurt the indigent most of all. High energy costs from green energy mandates hurt poor and working-class people most of all, Furchtgott-Roth argues. According to the Department of Labor, spending on electricity, natural gas, and gasoline and motor oil consumed 4% of household income for the top one-fifth of income earners in 2011.
But the figure was 24% for those in the bottom one-fifthand that was up from 22% in 2010.
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Wonderful! I can’t wait to tell my wife she has a green business. She does estate sales and that is all about reselling property. What doesn’t sell is donated to the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity or similar group. WOW!
I’m a SCADA programmer for a municipal wastewater utility, so at parties, I always say that work for a Green Non-Profit.
because used items count as recycled goods.
That would make a used car salesman a green job.
McGreen jobs for McMorons!
yes it would.