Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Green Jobs of Tomorow Today

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  • Whooee! Good message but I wonder if Canajuns really WANT to be green.

    In 2008, Dion lifted Green Party policy with the tax shift and it was the biggest reason he lost. Now, Iggy is spouting more GPC rhetoric and flirting with public rejection. Canajuns seem to thrive on oil sands boom jobs, auto industry gas guzzler manufacturing jobs, clear-cutting forestry jobs, fishery depleting trawler jobs, pie-in-the-sky nuclear energy job promises and every other un-green sector there is.

    Maybe Ignatieff should pander to the public with promises to rape and pillage the environment even more thoroughly than Harper and his wrecking crew. Throw in a little more support for the futile carnage in Afghanistan and you've got a winning platform.

    JB

    By Blogger JimBobby, at 11:02 AM  

  • I hear Van Jones would be available to act as Green Jobs czar.

    By Blogger Brian Dell, at 4:21 PM  

  • More great advice from JB... who spent half the last election talking about the need for a green shift then the rest of his time joining the 'pile-on fray' against a Liberal gov't. How is that Green movement going with Harper back in power, afterall?
    Interesting how he continues with his baffle-gab, no doubt refusing to give an inch on his principles to support the party closest to his that could effect change, while like the NdP and greenies, always expecting millions more to do just that and cross to support a fourth-rate party.
    No wonder Canada's in such a mess...

    By Blogger burlivespipe, at 4:49 PM  

  • This is a horrible ad and exactly why Canadian voters don't see Iggy as a Prime Minister.

    How can struggling Canadians relate to that?

    I long for the days of winning Liberal campaigns that showcased real Canadians that voters could identify with talking about issues that mattered to them. This is a professor pontificating in the middle of forest.

    This ad and the other Iggy forest scene ads are all bad money spent. Time to rethink the media strategy Liberals. Seriously.

    The most effective Liberal ads in the past have shown the leader interacting and listening to real people in homes, in business, and on the street. That shows leadership and relatability. If the Liberals are losing the battle now when the economy is bad, its going to be that much tougher when the economic news is getting better.

    By Blogger The Riel One, at 5:17 PM  

  • No wonder Canada's in such a mess...

    Right, Burl. It's all ol' JB's fault.

    By Blogger JimBobby, at 6:00 PM  

  • What in the name of all that is good and holy is a "green job?"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:28 PM  

  • What in the name of all that is good and holy is a "green job?"

    Green jobs (or green collar jobs) are jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Germany has created more than 400,000 jobs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Investment dollars are pouring into this sector at the same time as investment dollars are abandoning nuclear energy and looking askance at the oil sands.

    While Canada has been putting its dinosaur fossil fueled sectors on government funded life support, more forward-looking countries have been seizing the initiative with electric cars, wind power generator manufacture, geothermal, tidal and solar power related manufacturing jobs along with increased efforts and investment into sustainable energy efficiency.

    By Blogger JimBobby, at 9:03 PM  

  • Well put, JB. On the environment, Canada still lags far behind other countries whose leaders are taking the climate change issue more seriously.

    These ads are for those who can't see the forest for the trees.

    By Blogger lyrical, at 12:37 AM  

  • What in the name of all that is good and holy is a "green job?"

    A "green job" is any one government-dependent job created from two or more private sector jobs.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:18 AM  

  • A "green job" is any one government-dependent job created from two or more private sector jobs.

    You mean like the bailed out auto sector jobs? Or the oil sands jobs dependent upon $4.7 billion per year in federal tax breaks?

    Private capital is flowing into renewables and energy efficiency at a far greater rate than it is flowing into the auto sector or fossil fuel sector. The dependency on public funding is far greater unsustainable industries.

    By Blogger JimBobby, at 10:32 AM  

  • Private capital is flowing into renewables and energy efficiency at a far greater rate than it is flowing into the auto sector or fossil fuel sector.Either Private Capital is doing the job it's needed to do, or it's not.

    You can't have it both ways.

    If it is, then additional tax dollars aren't required to compete with (and undermine) private investors, despite the Czar's pronouncements this morning.

    The reason tax dollars were required in the auto sector was to prevent an immediate collapse of that sector of the economy and the tens of thousands of jobs dependent on it, not to keep buggy whip manufacturers alive.

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 1:48 PM  

  • (Readers will note that the quoted section ends at the end of the italicized portion in my comment just above. My apologies for the poor formatting.)

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 1:49 PM  

  • You mean like the bailed out auto sector jobs?

    Yes.

    Or the oil sands jobs dependent upon $4.7 billion per year in federal tax breaks?

    LOL. Right ... oilsands jobs would die without government assistance. :)

    Damn the energy sector! Costing us billions to keep it alive! LOL.

    (P.S. They'd be eligible for even more tax breaks if they were in any other industry...)

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 1:58 PM  


  • LOL. Right ... oilsands jobs would die without government assistance. :)


    The oil sands would never have even started up without government assistance. The oil companies themselves will tell you that tar sands oil is not viable when oil is selling for less than $62/bbl. That's why they started getting the tax relief in the first place: to kick start oil sands development.

    By Blogger JimBobby, at 3:14 PM  

  • The most effective Liberal ads in the past have shown the leader interacting and listening to real people in homes

    There's your problem right there! Who would let creepy Iggy into their home?

    By Blogger Feynman and Coulter's Love Child, at 9:51 PM  

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