31 Oct '11, 12pm

Why Taipei 101 Lifts Green Building, and Green Jobs, to New Heights

Why Taipei 101 Lifts Green Building, and Green Jobs, to New Heights

Over the past six weeks, the American media has been awash with stories claiming that the U.S. can't create green jobs, and that it is foolhardy to try to do so. For a sampling, here's New York Times columnist David Brooks , the Washington Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette/Orange County Register . I agree with the Obama Administration's critics that the Solyndra loan guarantee deal misfired, especially provisions subordinating Solyndra's federal debt [PDF] to the interests of private investors. But the Solyndra experience by no way negates the promise of job creation in the solar sector (Solyndra represented only 3.4 percent of the U.S. Department of Energy's loan portfolio) or in other green industries. A global perspective, moreover, suggests that public investment, alongside private capital, can indeed boost overall green job creation. Take a look at Asia, where gre...

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