The Ethanol Papers - Paperturn manuscript - Flipbook - Page 171
In reading the new CARB rules information I couldn’t see where the new jobs
will be. It looks to me as if they just said it, but then left out the details.
The new jobs won’t come in the manufacturing process: Vehicles are built in
other states or countries. It’s too expensive in California and the majority of
California’s politicians continually prove that they are disinterested in attracting
new private-sector business.
The jobs won’t come from increased oil drilling and refining. California doesn’t
want either because of other environmental reasons.
Will the jobs come in the form of additional people needed to work at fueling
stations? Probably not since most stations are automated or self-service, and
they will continue to be so as electric charging becomes as commonplace as
filling a tank with gasoline.
Will there be more repair and maintenance jobs? There might be if the vehicles
of the future are manufactured poorly and they require more service then is
currently required. But this is unlikely because the move has been to improve
vehicles so that they require less, not more service.
So where will the new jobs be?
As I wrote earlier, the only obvious place is in the creation of new government
jobs to ensure that the public dutifully observes the new fascist regulations (I
guess they might be communist regulations – it depends on your political perspective), and to administer the additional new revenues collected from the public in the pursuit of not actually doing anything that improves the environment.
The better way - the Alternative Way - to improve the environment and the
The development of a domestic alternative energy program is by definition a
“domestic jobs program.” If the fuels to be used are domestically produced, then
they must be produced by domestic workers (hopefully U.S. citizens). The facilities to produce the alternative fuels must be located domestically (hopefully
built by American contractors using U.S. citizens).
The raw materials used in the production of some of the alt fuels must be grown
domestically, on farms or plantations that employ domestic workers (hopefully