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Rich From Staten Island: The 'Spain study' mentioned on WNYC was created by a Libertarian in Spain named Gabriel Calzada. He is a link, in Spanish, to the 'study' - http://www.juandemariana.org/articulo/3383/negra/realidad/empleos/verdes/ According to this interview in Spanish he asserts that scientists are deeply divided as to the cause of global warming. He asserts that solar and water vapor activity from the earth have a large impact on global warming and that human activity is minor in comparison. He questions if this small creation of 'gases' by human activity would have an impact compared to other natural activity. He does not believe in the kioto protocol and claims that the green economy is a way to to 'ration' economic activity.
WNYC should do it's homework and not throw out questions or assertions based on a 'study' when in fact these are the opinions of a libertarian economist who does not believe in Global warming. It's a disgrace for WNYC to base its information on assertions regurgitated by Bloomberg News. WNYC should do its own journalism. If they had done so they would have found out that this 'study' is bogus
Here are some links of publications that reference this 'study' on the loss of jobs in Spain - But there no links or information on WHO performed the study; WHAT the study was and what the ACTUAL results of this 'study' were.
THe Bloomberg Link (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2PHwqAs7BS0) mentions the study from the 'King Juan Carlos University' and the author of the study as Gabriel Calzada. But there is no link to the study. My educated guess is that these are a conservative right wing institution that is opposed to the Socialist government in Spain. The article mainly states complains of companies that they moved their operations to other countries because energy was cheaper - THUS the job losses.. Companies are going to places where they can get cheap electricity and where they can polute
The Million Trees NYC project is the ONLY initiative of the mayor that is working and is well managed.
The group does need to change its focus to educate people - specially immigrant communities - of the importance of maintaining and protecting trees. I am thankful for the large amount of trees that have been planted but people are not being educated on maintaining and protecting them so that most survive and grow as healthy trees.
Could you link us to the study from Spain on green jobs?
Living on one of the streets that has benefited from the Mayor's "Million Trees" initiative (and they really are fantastic) then any more 'greening' of the city is great, and if it creates any jobs at all then that's a benefit. And if you are one of those 20 jobs, then it's a life-changer.
Regarding Mayor Bloomberg's bluster, do we have any reason to believe him? He swore up and down that Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls wouldn't damage the trees that were constantly sprayed with salty polluted river water. Those trees are all dead.
One of the principles of green design, connecting us with the natural world, also means not taking control of parts of nature we really don't understand.
So to end the growth of our taking control of nature, to avoid taking over things we don't understand, is inherent in green design. It's usually missing from the "business plan" for green design. The trick question is what kind of profitable business plan wouldn't need to take ever more control of things we shouldn't try to?
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