Massive Defense Spending Leads to Job Loss

From Truthout:

There is a major national ad campaign, funded by the oil industry and other usual suspects, to convince the public that measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and slow global warming will result in massive job loss. This ad campaign warns of slower growth and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, possibly even millions of jobs, if some variation of the current proposals being debated by Congress get passed into law.

In fact, standard economic models do show that measures designed to reduce GHG by raising energy prices will lead to some cost in terms of slower economic growth. And slower economic growth implies fewer jobs, although the impact will almost certainly be less than indicated in these scare stories.

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  • emperorreagan

    Wait, so maintaining a network of over 700 military bases overseas, firing off $600,000 Tomahawk missiles willy nilly, spending 30 years designing sci-fi missile defense systems, and other such activities aren't efficient uses of our resources?

    Next someone will say that the shop-till-you-drop military spending spree/cold war stand-off wasn't a good idea!

    It is satisfying to see a study verifying what intuitively makes sense.

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