Robert Pollin

Robert Pollin is a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Where the Jobs Are

Compared to spending on the military or oil industry, green investment can improve both job quantity and quality. But it will take a massive shift in resources.

President Barack Obama's economic-stimulus program that passed Congress in February, despite being too small and too loaded with tax breaks for corporations, is among the most progressive pieces of economic legislation since the 1960s. The green-investment features alone stand as a major advance toward building a clean-energy economy. The total amount of clean-energy spending in the measure ranges between $50 billion and $140 billion, depending on how one counts the patchwork of direct public spending and private-sector incentives. These funds support such projects as retrofitting buildings, improving public transportation, and building "smart grid" electrical transmission systems, as well as promoting research, development, and commercialization of wind, solar, biomass, and other renewable-energy sources. Doubly significant is that this legislation represents the first large-scale attempt to combine protection of the environment with development of a clean-energy economy, job...