Feb 17, 201412:46 PMIn Biz
with Bill Haight
A common-sense quiz about forced minimum wages
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What’s a ‘green job’?
Sen. Tammy Baldwin said, in a January news release, “Over 3 million Americans are employed in the growing green-collar workforce, which is more than the number of people working in the fossil fuel industry.”
Really? Politifact.com authenticated the statement as “true.” Note that Baldwin didn’t say the number of workers producing energy from “green sources” is greater than the number producing energy from fossil fuel, which would have been an apples-to-apples comparison.
Green goods and services were defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as those that “benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.” They fall into one or more of the following five groups:
1) Production of energy from renewable sources, 2) energy efficiency, 3) pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse, 4) natural resources conservation, and 5) environmental compliance, education, and training, and public awareness.
I’m all in favor of group numbers one through four above, assuming they’re done without government subsidy. I’ll bet Sen. Baldwin is really excited about number five, because it literally means she can create an unlimited number of “green jobs” just by passing more regulations that lead to compliance, education, and training, and public awareness.
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