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Jim Cramer: A Woefully Unproductive Debate

I don't want to hear the patronizing statement, "we favor all fuels," when I suggest that natural gas could be an amazing bridge fuel that would create more jobs and clean the skies -- vs. coal and oil, most certainly -- as well as promote domestic security. That last effect is pretty much Constitutional-preamble thinking.

Instead, in the end natural gas is viewed as an actual endorsement of a fossil fuel. This, alas, remains taboo, even though it is obviously impractical to power cars and trucks by solar or wind or water.

All of these nonideological, common-sense ideas are way too easily dismissed by not just the president, but both parties. All of these people prefer, instead, to discuss the non-job-creating minimum-wage boosts and unemployment-benefits extensions. The painful thing for me, though, is that I endorsed those policies, and then wanted to advance to deeper, more constructive ways to perhaps put a duty on the goods of countries who pollute much more than we do. I want the U.S. to take advantage of trade deals that give us no hope of ever selling more into the counterparty countries, all of which have never allowed us to have a surplus balance of trade.

Yet, if a friend of their view is agreeing with them, they don't even listen when that person goes off their reservation with outlandish ideas to hire more Americans at good wages by promoting upward mobility and mobility to where the jobs are.

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Many of these ideas came to me from the writings and teachings of Matt Horween, a Real Money writer who is provocative because of his commonsense non-ideological thinking, and because he is concerned with promoting cleaner skies and more job creation via domestic, natural-gas-inspired security. In light of these underlying concerns, it's downright sad that he, alas, is provocative at all.

We cannot have cloture on these ideas or leave them stillborn. They are the hope for a stronger, growing economy, which would lead to greater profit, more jobs and, yes, higher stock prices. All of these, last I looked, seemed like positives to me.

Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer co-manages as a charitable trust, has no positions in the stocks mentioned.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 6:40 a.m. EST on Real Money on Jan. 6.

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