CBO: Global Warming Policies Will Affect [Un]Employment

By | May 5, 2010

Reading through the CBO Brief intended to address how anti-global warming policies will negatively impact employment, I couldn’t help asking myself, “was it ‘bring your kid to work day'” at the CBO.  I was considering whether I had been spoofed into some kids blog or otherwise tricked into reading some overly-zealous conservative’s facebook page.  Nope, it’s authentic, but it reads like a high school book report.  I’ll summarize the major points:

  • “Coal mining will probably see the largest percentage decline in employment..”    Well, no duh.  The only thing this assessment is missing is the word ‘unexpectedly’ at the beginning of the quote.
  • “Employment in oil and gas extraction and natural gas utilities would also be expected to decline..”  Can’t put unexpectedly… they say it’s expected in the quote.. but great work feds… no one would have seen this coming without you
  • “..construction, and the industries that produce metals, nonmetallic mineral products (such as glass), chemicals, and transportation services..”  Interesting , but not totally new information
  • “Over time, employment would increase in industries and sectors (such as services) whose products are less emission-intensive to produce and result in fewer emissions when used.” – of course we have to protect the President… in other words, at some point, eventually, maybe, in the future.. we will benefit from this horror show policy

High school term paper made into a government brief – who woulda thunk?

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