Green energy myths

Former Guilford County planning director Rob Bencini is bummed out about Greensboro-High Point’s dead last ranking in green initiatives among cities analyzed by American City Business Journals:

We can do better. The green economy may be the greatest source of both work accessibility and entrepreneurial opportunities on the horizon. And not a single adopted economic development plan, public or private sector, in the Greensboro-High Point area pursues this huge market. The time to move is now. In the area that may hold the greatest promise for putting people back to work, we can’t afford to be last.

Seems to me if commute time via roadway ranks high, then it stands to reason that public transit use ranks low because there’s absolutely no reason to take the bus when the driving is easy. That’s why mass transit in the Triad is such a bad idea, not that it’s going to stop people from trying to convince us otherwise.

But Bencini need not fret— the feds are coming, and it’s no surprise that the N&R really believes the $5 million federal grant is a “major but worthwhile undertaking” because “if it all goes as planned, new jobs will be created.”

How about now you read Robert Bythe’s five myths about green energy. Blythe concedes that sure, the government can create green jobs, but at what cost?

Via Reason.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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