Green Jobs For California

How are they working out for you?

Granholm sold Michigan the green jobs mantra, and we were gonna be blown away. I didn’t know she meant in the bad way.

Now California is following in Michigan’s example.

But voters know that clean energy means good things for our economy, and the California vote proves it

Voters know this? How do they “know” this? What proof do they have? Perhaps the problem with voters is that the things they “know” simply aren’t so. More:

Under AB 32, by 2020, the state would have to reduce its use of non-renewable energy (mainly fossil fuels such as oil and coal) to 1990 levels, and replace it with solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable resources. The no vote on Prop 23 now clears the way for full implementation of AB 32, which will make California the nation’s leader in renewable energy, as well as the fight against anthropogenic global warming.

In essence, the bill is a stimulus package for the renewable energy industry, the bulk of which is based in California. The potential result of this decisive vote (61 percent opposed, 40 percent in favor) is to put California and California companies in the lead position as the nation and the world look to de-link our survival from fossil fuels.

And, who is going to pay for this?

“In the process we will also improve the quality of life for everyone living here. This state is a lab for the rest of the world and it’s here that we will demonstrate not only that we can live clean, healthy and sustainable lives, but that we can launch another wave of prosperity for our state in the process.”

Good luck with that.

This week, Californians reinforced their reputation as the kind of forward thinkers that created Silicon Valley** and improved the lives of every human being on Earth. At least in this one area, the state feels Golden once again.

Ba haa haaa haa. When you’re done patting yourself on the back, why don’t you look at the wisdom of those Californian forward thinkers who have gotten you into the mess you’re currently in.

What went so wrong? The answer lies in a change in the nature of progressive politics in California. During the second half of the twentieth century, the state shifted from an older progressivism, which emphasized infrastructure investment and business growth, to a newer version, which views the private sector much the way the Huns viewed a city—as something to be sacked and plundered. The result is two separate California realities: a lucrative one for the wealthy and for government workers, who are largely insulated from economic decline; and a grim one for the private-sector middle and working classes, who are fleeing the state.
The new progressives were as unenthusiastic about welcoming business as about building infrastructure. Fundamentally indifferent or even hostile to the existing private sector, they embraced two peculiar notions about what could sustain California’s economy in its place. The first of these was California’s inherent creativity—a delusion held not only by liberal Democrats. David Crane, Governor Schwarzenegger’s top economic advisor, once told me that California could easily afford to give up blue-collar jobs in warehousing, manufacturing, or even business services because the state’s vaunted “creative economy” would find ways to replace the lost employment and income. California would always come out ahead, he said, because it represented “ground zero for creative destruction.”

So, in steps the GREEN ECONOMY to save California. They can get rid of all those yucky, dirty jobs, right?

One recent study hailing the new industry found that California was creating some 10,000 green jobs annually before the recession. But that won’t heal a state that has lost 700,000 jobs since then.

Oops. That’s a great article in City Journal, BTW. Worth a read in full.

***Not created by government mandate, or the voters.

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