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Reuters: Obama Green Jobs ‘Slow To Sprout’

From the always last to know Reuters:

Analysis: Obama’s "green jobs" have been slow to sprout

By Andy Sullivan
April 13, 2012

(Reuters) – …Three years after Obama launched a push to build a job-creating "green" economy, the White House can say that more than 1 million drafty homes have been retrofitted to lower heating and cooling costs, while energy generation from renewable sources such as wind and solar has nearly doubled since 2008.

The White House can say that but does anyone believe it, besides our always compliant news media?

Do you know anyone who has had their house retrofitted thanks to Obama? And even if energy from wind and solar has doubled (no doubt using ‘seasonally adjusted’ numbers) , was it worth all the money and bother to double a fraction of a percentage?

But the millions of "green jobs" Obama promised have been slow to sprout, disappointing many who had hoped that the $90 billion earmarked for clean-energy efforts in the recession-fighting federal stimulus package would ease unemployment – still above 8 percent in March.

Maybe with all the other news going on, Reuters thought today would be a safe time to sneak out this admission "analysis." But even now Reuters is still trying trying to cover for the administration.

After all, Reuters has always been one of Obama’s most athletic supporters when it comes to green energy — and everything else, for that matter.

For instance, "slow to sprout" is newsspeak [sic] for there have been no jobs and there never will be. At least not for the foreseeable future.

Supporters say the administration over-promised on the jobs front and worry that a backlash could undermine support for clean-energy policies in general

Which, naturally, is what Reuters is saying, since they are Obama’s most athletic supporters.

A $500 million job-training program has so far helped fewer than 20,000 people find work, far short of its goal.

In fact, the laid off people from Solyndra and other ‘green’ companies have been sent to this job-training program to learn new ‘non green’ skills.

Republicans, meanwhile, have seized on the failure of solar panel maker Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee, to argue that White House allies have been the only ones who have benefited from the green jobs push

Notice how Reuter makes this sound like a partisan charge, instead of the truth. Which it is.

Backers of the notion of a "green collar" work force argue that earth-friendly energy is a promising growth sector that could create a bounty of stable, middle-class jobs and fill the gap left by manufacturing work that has moved overseas.

Reuters left out "union" jobs. Since all of this money from Obama’s stash came with the requirement that it only be used for union contracts. Even weatherizing houses. Which is one reason it has failed so miserably.

On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama promised that a $150 billion investment would generate 5 million jobs over 10 years… In December 2009, Vice President Joe Biden said the effort would create 722,000 green jobs.

The White House said in November 2010 that its clean-energy efforts had generated work for 225,000 people and would ultimately create a total of 827,000 "job years" – implying average annual employment of around 200,000 over the four years of Obama’s presidential term. White House officials stand by that estimate and say job creation is only one aspect of the clean-energy push

Which just shows what bald faced liars they are.

One problem is that, unlike other elements of the Recovery Act that injected money into the economy quickly, efforts to develop high-speed rail or electric-car batteries Obama also promoted could take a decade or longer to yield dividends. Gains in the sector don’t necessarily lead to wider employment.

The wind industry, for example, has shed 10,000 jobs since 2009 even as the energy capacity of wind farms has nearly doubled, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry has added 75,000 jobs since Obama took office, according to Labor Department statistics…

"They were obviously just guessing," said Robert Pollin, a University of Massachusetts professor and green-energy supporter who helped the Energy Department sort through loan applications. "If an undergraduate gave me a paper of that quality I would have probably given them a C or a C-plus."

Of course a less biased observer might give them an F.

In fact, all of this was known when Obama was promising miracles to get the taxpayers dollars in the first place. Obama knew he was lying, but he was willing to say anything to get the money and control.

Meanwhile, we know how many jobs would be generated by the Keystone Pipeline. Which shows that this was never about jobs.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reuters: Obama Green Jobs ‘Slow To Sprout’”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Samey-same with all those “shovel ready” jobs that really didn’t materialize.
    The money vanished quicker than ” Bite Me” hair line.

  2. AcornsRNutz

    I seldom use the texting lingo, but the ahtletic supporters part made me “LOL”. The only green that can fix an economy is greenbacks, and they can’t be stolen from the deep end and poured into the shallow. This is common sense and basic economics. Considering that obama was a consitutional scholar and we see how good he is as that, it may not be terribly surprising that his economics is a bit rusty.


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