We're broke. We're drowning in debt. We must sacrifice.
We don't have money for living wages, improved transportation infrastructure, or green energy projects.
But we have - seemingly unlimited - money for continuing tax breaks for the wealthy, corporate giveaways, continued building of new roads to nowhere, and billions for filthy energy sources.
To help the already heavily subsidized fossil fuel industry, we (along with TransCanada) are now planning on building a pipeline to deliver crude from Canada down to the Gulf Coast.
"There will be jobs!"
Indeed. But not nearly the amount the boosters claim.
And, wouldn't green infrastructure jobs be a better investment for the future of the U.S.? Wouldn't such a green investment place the U.S. and our industries in a better competitive position? Couldn't such a green initiative be the leap forward (which the U.S. needs) to positioning America as an attractive place to live and work versus our global competitors?
We can continue subsidizing old, obsolete industries and maintain our steady downward spiral into insignificance. The other option is to actually put our money where our mouth is by building sustainable, efficient infrastructure and assuring the relevance of the U.S. into the next century.
For Further Reading:
Economic Value Of Green Infrastructure
Dirty Oil From Canada To Texas
Green Water Infrastructure
Pipeline Bad For Environment