29 Jun '11, 11am

If you haven't yet read Dave Robert's article, "In Defense of Green Jobs" - drop what you're doing.

If you haven't yet read Dave Robert's article, "In Defense of Green Jobs" - drop what you're doing.

The phrase "green jobs" started as a kind of sloganized shorthand for a broader argument about clean technology as a source of economic growth and competitiveness in the 21st century. For some reason, it ended up being taken far too literally by both advocates and detractors, leading to a series of bean-counting skirmishes that cast more heat than light. I've generally not gotten involved, but I confess I am weary of posts like this one from Stephen Gordon in The Globe and Mail that presume to lecture greens as though they are slow-witted children. If you will indulge me in some nitpicking. First, this: If people's attention is focused on the job destruction aspect of an environmental agenda, then it makes sense to direct attention to the new jobs that will also be part of the adjustment process. Ya think? This is a rather bloodless way of acknowledging 30 years of aggress...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-jobs/2011-06-29-in-defense-of-...

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