Many activists and politicians promise to improve economic performance through government spending on “green jobs.” Economic theory and empirical evidence from Europe both suggest that such efforts are unlikely to strengthen the economy.
The Stelmach government is in desperate need of cash: they can save $2-billion by not funding what is in essence a PR campaign for energy companies.
Despite propaganda, people realize the evidence we have about climate change is not only geographically spotty, it covers barely an eye-blink in geologic history.
Air, water, soil dramatically improving despite all the environmental scare-mongering. Forest cover steady, not declining. Carbon Dioxide increasing but far slower than predicted in the past based on economic growth.
Government can’t create jobs—it can only kill some in one sector and through recycling tax dollars, “create” ones elsewhere, and applying the “green” tag to government redistribution doesn’t change this reality.
The core principles of energy and environmental policy from a conservative perspective can be summed up in three lines: 1) remove distortions of supply and demand; 2) internalize externalities with user fees; and 3) let the market work.