Acton Institute Powerblog The Ultimate Green Job by Jordan J. Ballor • June 30, 2009 Share this article: Join the Discussion: 2 Comments Speaking of “green” jobs, here’s the ultimate green job: Maybe we’d all be better off if our federal lawmakers took their own jobs this seriously. Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary. Related posts Solyndra and the False Hope of Green Jobs Why School Bus Drivers and Oil Lobbyists Have Green Jobs Is Catholicism Green? Can the U.S. learn from Europe’s green mistakes? Comments Rolando Brown This is funny. :) Ken The cartoon is funny because it’s true. In Los Angeles as in other U.S. cities with lots of people, the Air Quality Control District — AQMD — has for years brokered with business using fees and regulations. They required companies to bus workers from outlying areas in exchange for getting a permit to expand or improve their plant. In another form the regulators have required alterations in the access to bathrooms for disabled; the removal of asbestos from structural features of a building [they stopped this one when it was determined that the removal was more hazardous than the presence.] The list goes on and it’s an expensive, VERY expensive list. Manufacturing left California and even computer programmers started to look like burger flippers. A Phd from a midwest technical center told me last year that he was leaving the university job to set himself up as an emissions broker using all the contacts he’d made in industry previously developing new alloys for the improvement of products. He plans on making “big bucks” and he’ll likely be talking to the guy laying in bed if his plans proceed. Or, the sheep can start pushing back. HR 2454 may have passed the House but there’s still the opportunity for citizens to stop this craziness which has taken on a California Left Coast patina. Start calling your Congressmen and continue until they and Mr Obama stop.