Generally speaking, I like the idea of a Green New Deal because it’s big, bold, and would create a better place to live for all of us. Of course, how the Democrats want to go about it is Bravo Sierra.
We really haven’t had a massive improvement in our infrastructure since the construction of the Interstate Highway System. I like the idea of promoting improvements to our buildings that make them more energy efficient. Improved energy efficiency reduces costs, reduces the strain on our power generating systems, and generally makes buildings more pleasant places. We’ve actually learned an incredible amount in the last 100 years or so about how to make buildings better. This wouldn’t be the the worst use of government money I’ve ever seen.
Let’s talk about mass transit for a moment. It works well when many people work in high density business areas. It’s not worth a damn otherwise because people need to be within walking distance of where they need to go or they’ll drive their car. This shouldn’t be so hard to understand but politicians continue to push it in inappropriate places anyway.
Oddly, some places that really need mass transit don’t get it because someone benefits and that’s just not right. I don’t understand it either. In Colorado, we badly need a transportation system to the ski areas. It would clearly be profitable but politicians don’t want to be caught playing favorites to a particular industry. Crazy isn’t it?
Instead, we have a high speed train from the train station behind Coors Field, where no one lives, to the airport. You have to drive through downtown Denver to park to take the train. Surprisingly, when people get in their car, they just go ahead and drive to the airport.
But, OK, there are easily identifiable areas that need improvements in mass transit so I’m OK with that. Just quit spending money on the stupid ones!
This gets us to fossil fuels. Regardless of any environmental concerns, we’ll ultimately switch to some other power sources because the supplies of fossil fuels will become harder to access which will cause the price to rise. While private industry will drive the final solution as it always does, I’m certainly fine with initiatives that speed things along.
I’m definitely not a “no government” guy and private industry will sometimes create products with undesirable attributes generally because it’s less expensive to do so. At that point, government should and has stepped in to say “sorry, you can’t do that.” Human beings can be lazy and stupid so a certain amount of regulation is desirable and needed.
At the end of the proverbial day, it has to be something people want and will pay money for. There are a few areas such developing a long term energy strategy that don’t lend themselves well to a purely private industry approach and government can have a role to play there.
We need to develop initiatives that increase the quality of life for all Americans that are too long term to be funded by private industry but can be implemented by private industry.
After we get the Wall built.