Understanding the "life-cycle" of any consumable good offers a fairly accurate sense of how "green" it really is -- basically, where things come from and what happens to them when we are done with them.
The mainstream media needs to stop fetishizing the new economy. We can't eat electronic food or wear electronic clothes. We can't all be consultants forever, and America can't keep spending more than it earns.
Manufacturing is moving into a new, energy-efficient stage, but it's in danger of leaving out the American worker altogether without an aggressive approach in Washington to encourage its domestic growth.