by William Teach | June 13, 2011 7:23 am
It’s great that ThePolitico’s Darren Samualsohn is asking questions about Obama’s green jobs agenda, but, he forgot to ask a few others, such as “how many jobs did the green agenda cost?” We learned from Spain that for ever one created, two private sector jobs are lost. Also, how much do the ones actually created cost? And, for those jobs, how much revenue do they create? Anyhow Green jobs success eludes President Obama
President Barack Obama heads to an energy plant in North Carolina on Monday to talk once again about the job-creating power of a green economy.
The catch? Nearly three years into Obama’s presidency, the White House can’t point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting.
If the economy was roaring along and unemployment was down below 6%, pushing for more “green” jobs wouldn’t be so problematic. People and companies would have the choice to move some positions towards said “green.” With unemployment about 9.1%, and having been above 9% for years, funding “green” job training programs with federal money for jobs that barely, if at all, exist, is foolish.
Monthly Labor Department employment reports say nothing about the new clean energy workforce, while an effort to document how many Americans actually make a living in the “green collar” field may not be done by November 2012.
Obama can make the report his epitaph as he contemplates his own coming unemployment in 2013.
Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers suggests 225,000 clean energy jobs were either created or preserved through the third quarter of 2010 thanks to more than $80 billion in the economic stimulus package. But those are estimates at best.
That’s $355,555 spent per job, most of which will never create a profit, and probably killed 450,000 real jobs in the private sector.
White House officials say asking about the connection between the 9.1 percent unemployment rate and the administration’s concerted green jobs campaign is the wrong question.
A better benchmark, they say, is the exponential growth in clean technology industries, from the new car battery manufacturers that have sprung up across the Midwest to renewable energy plants, including the world’s largest solar facility that’s slated to break ground Friday in the California desert.
In other words, don’t question why there is so little progress, but, look, a shiny
squirrel battery for cars that all the unemployed can’t afford (nor can most people who are working.) And that solar plant? They said “screw the turtles, we’ll just move them.”
The White House figures 825,000 Americans should be building electric car batteries, retrofitting homes or doing other green collar work by the end of 2012. But that too is an extrapolation.
He had promised 5 million green jobs by the end of 2012. But, hey, getting paid $350K a year out of The People’s money to install window sealing is good work if you can get it.
BTW, The Resilient Earth has a long post, well worth the read, on exactly what has happened to so many green jobs and companies.
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