Saturday, June 04, 2011

Green energy...and green energy

If there was any doubt over what a central role "green energy" plays in left-wing thinking about the economy, this Robert Kuttner column should dispel it:

Amazing. The rest of the column consists of the usual blather about more spending, increased taxes on the rich and even a "modest increase" in the already gaping deficit. This is who these people are, and this is what they believe.

Update: The Hill details just how within the Democratic mainstream such thinking is:
House Democrats this week have amplified their calls for new spending on infrastructure and other federal projects in the face of May's discouraging job-creation figures.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said "investing in our communities goes hand in hand with full economic recovery."

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said that only in Washington is targeted new spending being demonized.

"Once you get outside the Beltway, almost everyone agrees that we should be rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and investing in clean American energy that reduces our dependence on oil," Blumenauer said.
Sorry Rep. Blumenauer, but that's just not true.

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