… is from page 229 of the 2021 updated version of Bjorn Lomborg’s 2020 book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet:
President Biden and many other politicians emphasize how green policies will lead to more jobs. That would be nice, but economic research consistently shows the net impact to be close to zero. Yes, green spending will predictably increase green jobs. But because subsidies will by paid by higher taxes on the rest of the economy, an approximately equal number of jobs will disappear elsewhere.
DBx: Indeed. Seen and unseen, reality isn’t optional, and all that.
A larger point here is that, given the fact that politicians make these and other false claims incessantly, to ask government – that is, to ask the institution run by politicians – to protect the public from misinformation is akin to asking convicted child molesters to protect school children from sexual abuse.