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David Foster Wallace, Solar Energy and Jobs

Posted: January 23rd, 2015

 

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“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?”

– “This is Water,” David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College, 2005

 

I thought of this vignette from a speech by David Foster Wallace when I read an article at Climate Progress about the solar industry creating more jobs in 2014 in the U.S. than the oil and gas extraction industry. The article played the role as the old fish to this young fish with “solar creating more jobs than oil and gas extraction” serving as the water.

 

In other words, we’re fish swimming around in an U.S. economy that is creating more jobs through solar than oil and gas. We can add job creation to the list of benefits where solar eclipses the fossil fuel stuff. Wow. It’s essential to step back once in awhile and see what is hidden in plain sight.

 

PAF