Big Think Video Interviews on Green Jobs and Economic Growth
Big Think has done a number of video interviews with green job advocates over the past several years. You can view a summary of these interviews here.
I found these clips from interviews with former Obama administration official Van Jones and with environmental justice student activist Kari Fulton especially interesting. In the first interview, Jones discusses the problem of "getting the rules right." As a recent WPost article suggests, without creating the rules and incentives that increase the price of dirty energy sources, no matter the amount of private investment and government stimulus in the area, it's unlikely that a market transformation will take shape.
In the second interview Fulton argues that one-time stimulus is not enough. In inner cities, she argues that a long term infrastructure is needed that keeps those green jobs created in place and continues to grow the opportunities and prospects in the area.
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A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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