- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
But in Regulating to Disaster, Diana Furchtgott-Roth debunks that myth. Instead, energy prices rise dramatically and America’s economic growth and employment rate suffer — in...
But in Regulating to Disaster, Diana Furchtgott-Roth debunks that myth. Instead, energy prices rise dramatically and America’s economic growth and employment rate suffer — in some states much more than others — when government invests in nonviable ventures such as the bankrupted Solyndra, which the Obama Administration propped up far too long.
Electric cars, solar energy, wind farms, biofuels: President Obama’s insistence on these dubious pursuits ultimately hamstrings American businesses not deemed green enough, and squeezes struggling households with regulations. Adding insult to injury: the technology subsidies Americans pay for solar panels, wind turbines, and electric batteries really help create manufacturing jobs in China and South Korea.
Green jobs are the most recent reappearance of a perennial bad idea — government regulation of certain industries, designed to anoint winners and losers in the marketplace. Regulating to Disaster reveals the powerful nexus of union leaders, environmentalists, and lobbyists who dreamed up these hoaxes, and benefit politically and financially from green jobs policies. Unfortunately, there are more Solyndras on the horizon, and our economy is in no shape to absorb them.
List of Figures and Tables vii
List of Abbreviations ix
1 Introduction 1
Part I The Elusive Green Job 13
2 Green Legislation, Green Regulations 15
3 The Green Job Theology 41
4 The Genesis of the Theology of Green Jobs Movement 61
Part II Green Theology in Practice 85
5 Fatally Flawed Green Studies 87
6 The Solyndra Story 103
7 Gone with the Wind 125
Part III Moral and Global Implications 145
8 Green Unemployment for America, Green Growth for Asia 147
9 The Opiate for the Masses: Moral Superiority 159
Part IV Conclusion 171
10 Fossil Fuels: From Sin to Redemption 173
About the Author 267