Common Tragedies

Thoughts on Environmental Economics

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?

John also had a great post in response to my last green jobs rant, summing up in one sentence what I was trying to get at with 3+ paragraphs.

Jobs aren’t benefits of government policies unless there is some sort of failure in the labor markets.


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