With all the recent news coming out regarding the Green Energy scam being perpetrated on us I decided to look into what exactly is a “Green Job”.
First a little background.
According to HotAir last week: After spending $17.2 billion of the $38.6 billion allocated for green-jobs stimulation, the programs have created a total of just over 3500 jobs, for a price tag of $4.85 million each.
A separate $500 million green jobs program at the Dept. of Labor, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (The stimulus fund), aims to find employment for almost 80,000 people by providing grants for labor exchange and job training projects.
So how many workers has this program actually placed? As of June 30th … 8,035, or about a tenth of what was projected after burning through 40% of the funding. That actually comes to a surprisingly modest $25,000 per job placement until you discover that total includes temp jobs; only 1,336 people found jobs lasting longer than 6 months.
So how is it that Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis produced a study claiming 2.7 million Americans work in what they now call “Clean Economy” positions?
Easy, fudge the numbers, change the definition. Just like Global Warming became Climate Change. Those who control the language, control the argument. See how easy this is!
At a Congressional hearing a few weeks ago Republicans questioned the Obama Administration about inflating the number of Green Jobs by vastly broadening the definition. The definition now includes virtually anyone working in mass transit.
It is interesting that the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) admits it is still trying to properly define a green job but, never the less, can produce numbers.
During the hearings, Representative Connie Mack of Florida said, “Just because a bus driver is driving a hybrid bus doesn’t mean it’s a green job.” Solis said it did.
BLS Commissioner Keith Hall added, “Our Green Jobs include mass transit, so actually any bus service.”
Quite surprised, Rep. Darryl Issa asked, “ So let me understand this…You’re counting everyone that drives a bus as a green job?” Hall answered, “ Mass transit is a green service.” I guess that means yes.
Solis’s report also claims that college professors that teach a class on ecology, reporters that write about the environment & think tank personnel who discuss the environment would all meet the criteria of a green job.
And that’s how you get to 2.7 million. Easy Peasy.
It leaves me speechless and that doesn’t often happen.