Green jobs have long had a whiff of exaggeration to them. The alternative-energy sector may ultimately employ millions of people. But raising the cost of the energy that households and businesses use every day — a necessary effect of helping the climate — is not exactly a recipe for an economic boom.The equally Serious People on the editorial board of the Washington Post editorialize that Obama needs to tell the truth about climate to the American people in his State of the Union address:The stronger argument for a major government response to climate change is the more obvious argument: climate change.
In past addresses, talking about green jobs didn’t work, nor did talking about energy independence. The credible way to justify fighting climate change is to discuss the science, the real reason to cut carbon emissions.Davenport's companion piece urges President Obama to be brutally honest about climate change: "To warn Americans about the threat posed by climate change, the president will have to tell hard truths about the long and difficult road ahead."