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  •  Investing in new energy infrastructure (2+ / 0-)
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    harrije, Jimdotz

    covers job creation and the economy.  Investing in cleanup dollars with a WPA style CCC creates jobs and covers the oil spill.

    I wonder why we aren't doing these things?

    The SW could use another reservoir and some solar fields.  The NW, Coasts, and Great Lakes could use some wind farms.  All of which could go to power investment in new subways and high speed electrified rail.

    But someone's priorities aren't quite there.  Too much belief in markets and enterprise to make it happen.

    •  A different analogy (1+ / 0-)
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      yet another liberal

      I would use the analogy of the 1950s Interstate Highway program instead of WPA/CCC.

      The New Deal jobs programs were largely viewed as "busywork" with little downstream economic importance. They did put paychecks into pockets, which was stimulative, but there was still a stigma attached to "make work" jobs.

      The Interstate Highway project also created lots of jobs and put lots of paychecks into pockets, but then there was a tremendous lasting benefit to the economy of a large publicly funded infrastructure for moving cargo, and this added economic benefit fueled the economy for decades.

      Similarly, programs like the Rural Electric Commission and the late 19th century railroad boom provided long-lasting economic benefits.

      There really is a strong case to create a bunch of short-term jobs building a new energy infrastructure which then leads to decades of greener growth for the economy. It's win-win-win-win-win. I just wish we had the nerve to put it into play.

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