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09/14/2012

Loss of competitiveness spills over into every sector of the economy, and causes a collapse

Connolly 2002 (Bernard| Chief Global Strategist, AIG| Dark Vision for the World Economy|

http://www.usagold.com/gildedopinion/Connolly.html|

But as capital accumulation proceeds, the rate of return on capital gradually subsides back towards its starting point, even if the
process takes several years. As it does, business investment does not just decelerate -- it falls in absolute terms. A similar story can be
told about consumer investment -- residential construction and purchases of consumer durables. As domestic demand falls back, net
exports need to rise to fill the gap, a gap made bigger by the increase in capacity produced by the preceding years of strong
investment. But, by definition, the exchange rate cannot adjust to aid this process. Instead, the lagged effects of past overheating,
showing up in inflation, actually worsen international competitiveness. With domestic demand falling and competitiveness worsening
simultaneously, the economy goes into a tailspin. Unemployment rises; inflation begins to fall back, even though for some time it
remains above levels in competitor countries. Since nominal interest rates are set outside the domestic economy, falling inflation
pushes real interest rates up while the rate of return on capital is coming down -- this combination produces falling asset prices,
worsening the decline in domestic demand. To re-balance the economy, domestic inflation has to fall below that in other countries
under the influence of recession and rising unemployment. But the process of disinflation (perhaps even deflation) constantly pushes
real interest rates up. Worse, asset deflation weakens balance sheets, including the government's. Bankruptcy and default, including
government default, become real possibilities. Credit spreads widen, exacerbating the problem of excessively high real interest rates.
Asset markets weaken further. The circle is vicious indeed. If nothing is done to break into it, the outcome will be not just economic
and financial collapse but social and political chaos.

Clean energy markets are crucial to regain US markets and creating jobs.

Daniel Kammen 0 7 , Distinguished Chair in Energy and professor in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman
School of PublicPolicy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering, founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy
Laboratory, Co-Director of the Institute of the Environment, all at the University of California, Berkeley, served on the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, currently serves on the Canadian National Advisory Panel on the Sustainable Energy
Science and Technology Strategy, 9/25/07, “Green Jobs Created by Global Warming Initiatives”, testimony before the United States
Senate Committee on Environment and public Works,www.unep.org/civil_society/GCSF9/pdfs/karmen-
senate.pdf

Green jobs can accrue across the entire economy, from laboratory research and development positions, to traditionally
unionized work in plumbing, electrical wiring, and civil engineering.
Following the critically important Green Jobs initiative
Senator Sanders spearheaded in the Senate, the House Green Jobs Act (initially sponsored by Solis and Tierny, HR 2847, now part
of the HR 3221, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act of 2007) invests in worker training and career opportunities
for low-income Americans. These efforts are to be applauded, and could be the model for expanded job access and development
efforts in a wide range of energy related industries. In addition to supporting domestic job creation, clean energy is an
important and fastest growing international sector, and one where overseas policy can be used to support poor developing
regions – such as Africa (Jacobsen and Kammen, 2007) and Central America – as well as regaining market share in solar,
fuel cell and wind technologies, where European nations and Japan have invested heavily and are reaping the benefits of
month to year backlogs in clean energy orders. Some of those orders are for U. S. installations, but many more could be if
we choose to make clean and green energy a national priority for both domestic installation and overseas ex

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