What is a “green job?”
Obama’s magical thinking on green jobs
On Thursday night, the president told a Democratic fundraiser in Washington that the Pass My Jobs Bill bill would create 1.9 million new jobs. What kind of jobs are created by this kind of magical thinking? Well, they’re “green jobs” – and, if we know anything about “green jobs,” it’s that they take a lot of green. German taxpayers subsidize “green jobs” in their wind-power industry to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars per worker per year: $250,000 per “green job” would pay for a lot of real jobs, even in the European Union. Last year, it was revealed that the Spanish government paid $800,000 for every “green job” on a solar panel assembly line. I had assumed carelessly that this must be a world record in terms of taxpayer subsidy per fraudulent “green job.” But it turns out those cheapskate Spaniards with their lousy nickel-and-dime “green jobs” subsidy just weren’t thinking big. The Obama administration’s $38.6 billion “clean technology” program was supposed to “create or save” 65,000 jobs. Half the money has been spent – $17.2 billion – and we have 3,545 jobs to show for it. That works out to an impressive $4,851,904.09 per “green job.” A world record! Take that, you loser Spaniards! USA! USA!
So, based on previous form, Obama’s prediction of 1.9 million new jobs will result in the creation of 92,000 new jobs, mostly in the Federal Department of Green Jobs Grant Applications.
When I hear “green job” I think of an aging hippy growing organic fruits and vegetables at a commune and selling them at a co-op. I’ve heard Barack Obama talk a lot about green jobs. He even had a green jobs czar for a little while.
But I’m starting to suspect we’re being hustled.
Watch the video up above. Right at the beginning it mentions two names: Enron and Goldman Sachs. Enron is out of business but Goldman Sachs continues to
loot and pillage operate. Goldman Sachs is like the Manson Family of high finance.
There are a lots of buzzwords associated with “green,” like “renewable,” recycle,” and “eco-friendly.” Anything green is supposed to pollute less (or not at all) and help us and all Earth’s creatures live happily ever after. As far as that goes I’m all for green.
But take Solyndra. Forget about the missing half a billion for a minute, and focus on what they were supposed to be doing. They were manufacturing solar panels that businesses could mount on their roofs to make their own electricity.
Now they have been talking about solar energy since before I was born but they still haven’t worked all the bugs out. But it sounds like a nice idea, especially for any company making and selling those panels.
But when it comes down to it Solyndra was a manufacturer – they had a factory. They weren’t making fluffy bunnies out of cat farts, they were using machines, chemicals and materials to create a product. They had to conform to the same environmental regulations as other businesses.
Let’s get back to that missing half a billion. The government gave Solyndra money to build a factory so they could make solar panels. The construction companies and equipment manufacturers made out nicely on that deal.
Assume for a minute this wasn’t a pump and dump scam by the original investors and that Solyndra had managed to stay afloat. But the product isn’t selling well, so what do they do?
They spend some of the loan money the government gave them to
bribe lobby Congressmen to give tax credits to anyone who buys their solar panels. Even better – they get Congress to pass a law saying everyone has to have solar panels within a few years.
Are you starting to see how this works? We (us, the taxpayers) pay a politically connected company to make a product then we (us, the taxpayers) pay other people to buy that product.
But it’s green, so it must be a good thing, right?
George Washington Plunkitt would be green with envy.