Clean-tech jobs cannot overcome our broken political and economic system

Clean Edge says a renewable energy economy that will create many new jobs can never happen while our economy remains broken and our political system corrupt. The vast bulk of profits and government money now goes to a few in the financial world rather than to Main Street where it would do actual good.

Two recent editorials by Clean Economy Network’s Alison Wise and Breakthrough Institute’s Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, in addition to a book by MIT’s Simon Johnson, have called into question whether the promise of clean-tech jobs can ever be realized without fixing the current broken economic and political systems. I’ve highlighted three of the most important root causes that I believe, if not addressed, make it impossible to generate the millions of clean-tech jobs vital for the U.S. to regain its economic competitiveness.

To quote Wise, on the difficulty of changing from an extractive economy to a clean one, part of the problem “resides in the corruption of our economy itself”.

Clean Edge is usually not this political. Yet they too are speaking out now.


  1. Hey, hey. I know a political party with a platform/worldview that addresses this problem in a fundamental way, recognizing that they are inseparable problems with overlapping solutions.

    I’ll give you a hint. It’s the Green Party.

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