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Over at GreenBuildingAdvisor, veteran journalist Richard Defendorf combined his abiding interests in green building and politics by taking a look at a Fox News Forum opinion piece from the policy director the conservative advocacy group (natch) Americans for Prosperity. It contained gems like this one:
"Most green jobs consist of hiring low-wage workers with caulking guns to weatherize buildings. We are trading away high-wage, high-value manufacturing jobs for these green caulking jobs. Any time you spend billions of dollars you will create some jobs, but the key question is, what the cost is when you divert resources from higher-value activities?"
Defendorf had the audacity to respond with thoughtfulness and logic. Take a couple minutes to read it: Stick 'Em Up, I've Got a Caulk Gun!

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1 Are there really people out t posted by gcastillo5665 on 09/23/2009 at 12:24 pm

Are there really people out there who take Fox News seriously? I'm about to head over to that article to read it, but honestly, a "Fox News Forum Opinion Piece"... Gee, I wonder whether it'll focus on the benefits of big business and their continued ability to pollute the environment while degrading any kind of meaningful reform that gets in the way of profits.

2 The last sentence of Defendor posted by Mark Piepkorn on 09/23/2009 at 12:45 pm

The last sentence of Defendorf's article goes to the same general place as the first sentence of your comment - but perhaps even more... oh... I was going to say "cynically," but I think what I really want to say is "realistically."

3 As a union carpenter\milwrigh posted by Andy Out Of Work on 11/20/2009 at 05:45 pm

As a union carpenter\milwright and Green advocate low life living on unemployment since March 09.When I say living I mean like the panhandler on the corner gets more money than a guy that has worked in cold,heat,rain,every miserable condition you can think of to build your house or building you work in,but let uncle sam put out a little stimulus money.All I hear is union boss'es get their hands on the money.Ther are no union boss'es only union members so call it what you will,I'll call it a job and be glad to get out ofthe unemployment line.

4 Are there really people out t posted by nightshadel on 10/15/2009 at 03:12 am

Are there really people out there in the real world who still believe all the CO2 hype and propaganda are anything else other than excuses to invent taxes?

5 Lots and lots and lots of us. posted by Mark Piepkorn on 10/15/2009 at 03:33 am

Lots and lots and lots of us.

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