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Tyler Cowen

We Need Green Energy. We Don’t Need Green Jobs.

There’s no reason renewable technologies have to be labor-intensive. That will only drive up costs and turn off consumers.

Finishing the job.

Finishing the job.

Photographer: Art Lindquist/Bloomberg

One of the most disturbing trends in recent economic thought is the view that green energy should be viewed as a source of good jobs. Such attitudes are bad for our polity and for our economy.

To be clear, the need for greener energy policies is imperative. Honest observers may disagree about the best paths forward, but a simple example illustrates the point about jobs.