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Reuters Cites Soros Fronts On Green Jobs

From an oblivious Reuters:

Healthcare, green tech brighten dim U.S. jobs picture

Thu Jul 30, 2009

By Steve Gorman – Analysis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Healthcare and clean energy rank as bright spots in a bleak U.S. jobs market and both stand to generate even more employment under plans put forward by President Barack Obama.

The health industry, bolstered by the demands of an aging population and supplied by new technologies, has added jobs despite the recession and is destined for further expansion should Obama make good on his promise of affordable medical care for millions of uninsured Americans.

The mix of jobs is likely to shift as preventive medicine gets more emphasis, record-keeping functions are modernized and fewer diagnostic tests are ordered, economists say.

"Green" tech, propelled by efforts to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming, will benefit from an economic stimulus package enacted this year and a climate change bill making its way through Congress.

Healthcare and the environment were singled out in a report this month by Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers as two sectors projected to be major U.S. job engines over the next several years.

Investments in the two areas "are laying the foundation for long-term economic growth," said Heather Boushey, an economist with the Center for American Progress.

Healthcare has grown 3.7 percent since the recession began in December 2007, while the labor force as a whole declined 4.7 percent, said Heidi Shierholz, an Economic Policy Institute economist, citing U.S. Labor Department data…

Government forecasts for clean energy and green technology jobs as a whole are harder to come by.

Economists from the University of Massachusetts and the Center for American Progress concluded in a study last month that the economic stimulus and the climate-change bills would generate $150 billion a year in clean-energy investments, netting 1.7 million new jobs annually.

Most of those gains would come from retrofits of homes and other buildings to improve energy efficiency and insulation. Other high-growth areas cited in the report included renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy expanded public transportation and construction of a highly efficient new electric distribution network, known as the smart grid.

Some of this money would come from direct government spending, matching grants, tax incentives, loan guarantees and bonds. But private-sector investments are expected to account for the lion’s share, the study found.

Much of that would be induced by an expanded market for renewable energy and conservation projects created by a carbon cap-and-trade system and other measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Energy and Security Act…

Seeing a potential boost to the slumping construction industry, home builders and contractors have been clamoring for training and accreditation in green technology.

"While things are quiet in the construction industry, the interest is rising for education and credentialing," said Linda Sorrento of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council

Demand for green retrofitting, home weatherization and solar-energy panel installation has lagged due to tight cash and credit on the part of recession-battered homeowners and businesses, she said.

"I’m struggling just to keep my door open," said Alan Abrams, owner of a remodeling and construction firm in Washington, D.C., who recently took a crash course in green design from the National Association of Home Builders. "The manpower is there. The manpower is hungry, believe me."

Labor experts say green retrofitting should pick up and produce more jobs once stimulus money begins to flow…

Note the organizations cited in this Reuters ‘analysis.

It’s pretty obvious that the the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders would have some interest in talking up a bright future for a ‘green economy.’

But, although Reuters failed to mention it, the experts from the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute also are heavily invested in the success of ‘going green.’

And they also both happen to be funded by Mr. George Soros.

From Discover The Networks:


Established in 1993, the Open Society Institute (OSI) is the most prominent of the numerous foundations belonging to the international billionaire financier George Soros, its founder and Chairman. Claiming to be "a nonpartisan, nonpolitical entity" whose funding agendas are "wholly separate" from "George Soros’s private political activities," OSI describes itself as "a private operating and grantmaking foundation [that] "aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform; … implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media; [and] works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses."

OSI’s Director of U.S. Advocacy is Morton Halperin (President of John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and a longtime affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Lawyers Guild)…

OSI supports a wide array of leftist organizations… the Center for American Progress…

The Capital Research Center has published a list of additional organizations to which OSI has recently donated money, groups that according to CRC "advocate higher taxes and more government spending, oppose social security reform, litigate against property rights, oppose the death penalty, oppose tough criminal incarceration policies, oppose Bush judicial nominees, and promote balkanizing racial agendas." These donees include the following:

The Economic Policy Institute opposes social security privatization and free trade agreements such as NAFTA; it was founded in 1986 by journalist Robert Kuttner, Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and economist Lester Thurow.

You can read more about the Center For American Progress here. But suffice to say it the ultra left ‘think tank’ that spawned Media Matters.

It is headed by John Podesta, who among other things, was the head of the Obama-Biden transition team.

And yet these are the economic experts that Reuters presents are objective analysts.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Reuters Cites Soros Fronts On Green Jobs”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Once again that liberal propaganda machine…..”It will be so because we SAY it will be so”

    NYT headline of the future: Sky has never been blue. Experts say

    So, if we just use the track record so far: when Obie said, “Unemployment will not rise above 9%…and yet Detroit is dancing closely to, more like 20%.

    And there are so many other things the liberal democrats have tried to make a zombie-mantra.

    I do tend to think they live and operate in a vacuum.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    More of the same old, same old propoganda and deception.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    According to the picture he’s turning green on the side of his face.
    (or is that second hand smoke stain?)

  4. proreason says:

    Got a hunch Mr. Soros has some interesting strategies in mind for the “Trade” part of Cap and Trade.

    All perfectly legal, of course.

    Or at the very least, difficult to trace.

  5. TwilightZoned says:

    IMO Soros is evil, pure and simple. He needs to be banished from this country and placed somewhere so remote he couldn’t possible cause any damage.

  6. Enthalpy says:

    The evil psychopathic corporate raiding genius is capable of almost anything.

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