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  •  So jobs for engineers (1+ / 0-)
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    and other white collar professionals.  What about the rest of us, the 75% that aren't upper middle class professionals?  Do we matter any more?

    American business is about maximizing shareholder value. You basically don't want workers. ~Allen Sinai

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 05:33:13 PM PDT

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    •  Ur Concern is Valid (0+ / 0-)

      And I would argue that the US can enact some protectionism measure against China, in retaliation for its protectionist Foreign Exchange policy.

      But President Obama and Geithner have decided that they would rather engage China than retaliate.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 05:41:36 PM PDT

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    •  The jobs do ripple through to quality (0+ / 0-)

      manufacturing, design and other technology jobs. Without the designers there are fewer other jobs.

      My point = renewable energy work will provide both and be a source of wealth for a generation.

      Beware the man of one book.... ... or "cave ab homine unius libri"... (Cicero)

      by shigeru on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 05:42:35 PM PDT

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      •  a source of wealth for a generation (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, as long as you limit this to a generation of Asians, Europeans involved directly in renewables, and a generation of US trust fund babies.

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 11:28:42 PM PDT

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        •  What are you talking about? n/t (0+ / 0-)

          Beware the man of one book.... ... or "cave ab homine unius libri"... (Cicero)

          by shigeru on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 04:00:15 AM PDT

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          •  who's most likely to be profiting directly from (0+ / 0-)

            renewable development from a US POV given what's visible in current trends.

            What you describe is how things should work out.

            Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

            by alizard on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 04:33:49 AM PDT

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            •  And how it did work out, by and large from (0+ / 0-)

              the aerospace investments. Of course lots of the wealthy got more of the money, but aerospace paid well, had spin offs, and employed millions doing reasonably interesting and important work.

              I am trying to describe how it should, could and will work. I do agree that the current regime has not worked well in terms of creating industries for the US as most of the work ends up off-shore. Even in high wage countries, largely because we have policies that encourage that.

              Beware the man of one book.... ... or "cave ab homine unius libri"... (Cicero)

              by shigeru on Thu Aug 12, 2010 at 04:42:59 AM PDT

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