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Washington, D.C. – Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), made an appearance at the National Press Club today to talk about the increased need for green energy in the current economic climate. Jackson’s comments effectively served as a counterargument to those who might claim that green technology is not compatible with a recession.
A press release of Jackson’s remarks reads like a direct answer to critics of the agency’s oversight. Refuting those who say that going green will hamper the economy, Jackson stated that “well-conceived, effectively implemented environmental protection is good for economic growth”. The key words here are, of course, “well-conceived” and “effectively implemented”. Naturally, those will be essential characteristics of any innovative technology that will benefit the economy.
While it is possible that environmentally conscious energy sources will aid the nation’s economic growth in the long term, it is widely accepted that the start-up costs for these will be substantial. Jackson acknowledged this, stating that “a clean, green, healthy community…has the foundations it needs for prosperity”. It will certainly be the basis for a potentially prosperous society, but it will also take time for the rest of the building to materialize. The more pressing question is whether critics, particularly in the manufacturing industry, are willing to wait the time it will take for these green energy solutions to begin returning the initial investment they require.
In the meantime, the need for environmentally safe innovation is obvious. Whether green technology is economically prudent now or not, Jackson underlined the importance of alternative energy solutions, saying “the economic costs of unchecked climate change will be orders of magnitude for the next generation…I can’t in good conscience support any measure that passes that burden on to my two sons and to their children.”