Try Recycling Jobs Instead of Trading Them Away

Try Recycling Jobs Instead of Trading Them Away

by RP Siegel

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:00pm



(3BL Media/Justmeans) - President Obama would like to create more jobs for American workers. One way he is attempting to do that is by negotiating more free trade agreements. Apparently he didn’t learn anything from Bill Clinton, who pushed through the disastrous NAFTA trade bill and several others like it. Twenty years later, the consensus seems to be that NAFTA was good for corporations, but bad for jobs.

Now Obama is negotiating a new trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The TPP would create the largest free trade area in the world.  Like NAFTA it is supposed to create jobs. Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz  doesn't think so. “There is a real risk that it will benefit the wealthiest sliver of the American and global elite at the expense of everyone else. The fact that such a plan is under consideration at all,” Stiglitz said, “is testament to how deeply inequality reverberates through our economic policies.”

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.