The Clean Energy Mistake
Creating clean energy jobs is the wrong way to undo the recession, says Forbes' Mark Mills. Today's energy infrastructure represents a minor section of the American economy.
Forbes' Mark Mills on clean energy jobs: At the risk of sounding something like a Green Grinch, let me be the first to say that I truly hope that America's recovery does not come on the back of a clean tech job revolution. All things equal, history will repeat itself and there won't be any such revolution. And that's a good thing. Job growth—and in particular manufacturing growth—will inevitably come from elsewhere and almost certainly in surprising ways. I know this thinking runs afoul of a favored theme in the green-tech community where, to paraphrase, the American imperative is to ensure we don't get left behind in the solar and wind jobs revolution that will otherwise send employment elsewhere, like China.
These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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