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24 January 2009


Scott Obermuller

The article by Don Pelton was typical nonsense from the greenie-weenies. Constant mention of "green jobs" but no specifics or details. Some day, people will learn economics the way that animals learn about the world around them from details of the reality of their environment. Until then, we will be at the mercy of folks who learn economics from Walt Disney fantasies.
Money has a carbon footprint - until I see one single "greenie" that understands that, I worry. Recessions don't have any sort of "natural" run. There is no other-worldly "force" that controls it. There will be a recession until we stop doing those things that put us in a recession. PLEASE FOLKS - how hard is it to understand the idea of producing or manufacturing wanted and needed goods at free-market prices? As long as we "need" certain goods only because of govt. mandate, there is no free market. Please stop shoving your "religion" down our throat! However, I'm preaching to the choir, I'm afraid. Every one else is bathing at the font of Obama.

Don Pelton

"Mr. Pelton proposes undertaking a “Green Rush” as some centralized and locally funded long-term effort to make the county into the state’s (nation’s?!) green hub ..."

I made no claim that Nevada County would become the state's or the nation's "green hub." I suggest you read it again.

"Any remaining economic development monies should be devoted to keeping existing IT businesses here, and expanding the county’s broadband connectivity coverage. It is the latter that will ultimately determine the suitability of Nevada County as a place to live and work – and that might even include a new tranche of liberals busily writing Green Rush grant proposals."

I agree with this, and find it completely consistent with attracting more sustainable and green businesses to this area, if -- in the future -- governmental (federal and state) as well as private (venture capital) monies from outside our area should become available to support that sort of development.

I was myself a systems programmer and network engineer at Stanford for 30 years before retiring recently, so I appreciate the importance of IT development.

It may turn out that we merely have differing visions of the future size of that "tranche."

In the meantime, it'd be nice if we could talk without accusing each other of being muddle-headed thinkers, or being, as one of your commenters styled me, a "greenie-weenie." That sort of childish name-calling promotes division, not rational dialog.

George Rebane

Mr. Pelton - Thank you for your feedback. Having reread your article, I must stand by my (and others') interpretation of your Green Rush proposal. It most certainly does not sound as if you intended it to mean the arrival/founding of one or two itinerant companies doing government funded ‘green work’ of some kind – one or two companies do not a Green Rush make. And it still does sound like a concerted effort to make NC a hub of work derived from the RFPs in the government’s Commerce Business Daily. In this sense my interpretation of ‘hub’ is similar to the use of ‘hub’ for video technologies which our county has truly become, and is now fighting to preserve. If your proposed Nevada County Green Rush is not to become a hub, then how many of these green enclaves (aka hubs) of companies do you see sprouting in the state or around the country?

If green technologies will some day make business sense, and NC continues being an attractive location within the new economic realities, then green technology companies will arrive as part and parcel of the larger business development activities that the ERC, et al will conduct. Most certainly, I believe that focusing our meager business development funds on a Green Rush effort will be misplaced and net us very few new jobs, and proposals to that end are therefore misguided. The government is a fickle financier, especially with monies that are politically motivated, which more than likely, if history is a judge, give rise to programs that do more harm than merely misfire (cf my 6feg09 post).

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