Entries Tagged as 'Green jobs'

Don’t Have Delusions About Green Jobs

David Frum September 15th, 2011 at 9:18 pm 25 Comments

The human mind has trouble envisioning change. The first automobiles were built as horseless carriages. We will send e-mail even as our children no longer remember what “the mail” ever was.

So likewise, when we imagine a world evolving beyond fossil fuels, we imagine a world of cars powered by hydrogen motors or electrical utilities operating wind farms instead of coal-fired generators.

And who knows: perhaps the future really will look like that.

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What Exactly is a “Green” Job? (Updated)

David Frum September 15th, 2011 at 11:43 am Updated45 Comments

Here’s a skill-testing hypothetical for you environmentalists out there.

Some future US government decides to impose a tax on oil to maintain the price above $125 a barrel.

Responding to this price signal, more Americans tell their real estate agents they want housing from which they can walk to work.

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Van Jones and 9/11 Denialism

David Frum September 5th, 2009 at 11:52 am 38 Comments

On CNN’s Situation Room last night, I was asked about the White House’s green jobs adviser’s signature of at least one (and maybe two) statements endorsing the denialist point of view. The White House is apparently excusing its man on the grounds that he did not appreciate the significance of the documents. My reply: “This is a man in charge of supervising $80 billion worth of contracts – and your defense of him is that he signs things without reading them?”