Thursday, June 25, 2009

Will 6/25/09

Tilting at Green Windmills

My take on George Will's latest. His column was published in the Washington Post.

Summary: Green jobs may save the planet but do they improve the economy? Environmentalists can forgo the latter belief in favor of the former, especially since the evidence supports this.

It is, however, hardly counterintuitive that politically driven investments are economically counterproductive. Indeed, environmentalists with the courage of their convictions should argue that the point of such investments is to subordinate market rationality to the higher agenda of planetary salvation.

My Views: There does seem to be a lot of political prejudice precluding rational discussion of the cost/benefit of global warming issues. The left's insistance that green jobs initiatives won't cost the economy just does not make sense. Just like the right's insistence that carbon emmissions are not effectivg the atmosphere. Carbon emmissions must be costing us environmentally; green measures to neutralize them must cost us economically. That only makes sense.

George Will almost didn't make it as a syndicated columnist. His style was considered too erudite for a general audience.

Whatever one thinks of his views, read his work for use of language and for how he marshals facts and uses logic.

Here's his Wiki bio.

His latest book is at the right.