Thank God for John Whitehead
Posted by Rich Sweeney on December 7, 2007
Commenting on John Edward’s statement on global warming legislation, he writes,
Climate policy won’t create jobs. Whenever a politician mentions a government policy and jobs as a measure of its success or lost jobs as a measure of its failure, put your hands over your ears and say “LaLaLaLa, I can’t hear you” really loud. Jobs and the environment: the non-issue of any political campaign.
Somehow climate policy and employment policy have become inexorably linked in DC, and it is driving me insane. There is nothing more frustrating than showing your better-than-expected (in terms of costs) climate policy modeling results, only to have one of your proponents point out, “and it will create a lot of jobs”. Huh?
Jobs aren’t benefits of government policies unless there is some sort of failure in the labor markets.