Somehow I can't help but worry that the billions (some say trillions -one estimate is that it will take 2 trillion just to upgrade residences to a "green" standard) of dollars we have spent in "greening America" the past 17 or so years has cost us a competitive business edge.
Instead of innovative productivity, we have chosen to react defensively against a foe that most of us do not even know is real. Is it Global Warming?, no, uh, it's Climate Change, uh, I'm not sure. Should we spend money to save the cute fuzzy polar bears, uh, are they really dying? While we spend more money to kill the cute fuzzy sheep because their belching produces dangerous emissions? Hmmmm.
It strike's me as extremely arrogant on man's part to think that the last 100 years or so (as long as we have kept weather records) is meaningful when considering the thousands (if not millions) of years this earth has been in existence. It would be like taking one second of tomorrow's weather and saying it is the new weather pattern for the future of the earth.
Could GM and Wall Street have benefited from the "R&D" that billions of dollars spent "protecting" our planet against an unknown and quite possibly non-existent foe could buy?
Innovative productivity such as widgets and ideas that really do something and do it better are what drive American consumerism and our free enterprise system.
Richard Florida in his very important book The Flight of the Creative Class (The New Global Competition for Talent) documents the thousands of creatives and innovators that are fleeing our country.
For the first time ever, I shudder as I write this, this 50 year old American (and I might add successful) artist entrepreneur is considering the possibility of moving to a "New World". A world of free speech and the right to bear arms and one that believes in the principles found in Adam Smith's "The Wealth Of Nations".
And before you judge me harshly, this is the same guy who has stubbornly watched his retirement savings in the stock market disappear with each passing day of the new Presidential reign. The Dow has fallen over 3,000 points since Inauguration Day. (Because suddenly investors realize there are no rules) Even so, I have stubbornly refused to do as many of my friends and buy gold with my investment money, believing I should do my part as an American.
I have the right to choose not to live in a country of big, socialistic and wasteful government that favors the lazy and inept over the hard-working and creative. A sure sign of the demise of a company or a country is the steady flight of her creatives and entrepreneurs.
Only one question comes to mind. Would John Galt go green?
And if you are asking who the hell is John Galt?
That's the first problem.