The Spectacle Blog

Green Cheese

By on 9.1.10 | 1:43PM

We have already seen how a little inquiry can expose the grandest of claims about the fashionable if fading new label for central planning, the "green economy". When President Obama was outed on his claims about Spain - as in serially calling on us to "think about what's happening in countries like Spain, Germany and Japan" -- he simply transitioned to "Denmark and Germany". Well, Denmark (like Germany) was also exposed. Then Japan's scheme turned out to be no more than the same Spanish and German program of raising consumer energy costs to transfer the wealth to "green economy" interests, according to its own government.

As a result, Obama no longer points to anywhere his model has worked.

Today I see this from the MacIver Institute in Wisconsin, giving a quick if persistent pressure test to their governor's claims about the supposed "green economy" that already exists, Exhibit A in the argument that so much more is possible if only the public acquiesce to a particular agenda.

As you see, the claims are wholly unsupportable and apparently cut from whole cloth.

When your ticket to the dance is exaggeration, puffery and...well, worse...your demands ought not advance one inch until you're forced to come clean. After this, an open and honest debate must ensue. So far that is what the "green jobs" crowd desperately seek to avoid.

Yet such a basic principle applies more than anywhere to the "green economy" agenda given that it also means "necessarily skyrocketing" energy prices (according to a candid Obama moment).

Politicians continue to seek to rob Peter to pay Paul, making absurd claims that do not withstand scrutiny. Thank goodness there remain watchdogs to call the bluff.

Send to Kindle

Like this Article

Print this Article

Print Article