Please, by all means, let’s keep pushing for $10 million-a-pop green jobs

posted at 1:16 pm on June 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Few of President Obama’s speeches are complete without some mention of the need for further government “investment” in green energy (and yes, I will always and forever put quotation marks around the word “investment” whenever President Obama erroneously uses the term to indicate that the federal government is going to spend our money, for us). The federal government, we’re so often reminded, has the wisdom and foresight to know that “green jobs” are most definitely and without a doubt the way of the future, and it’s up to our trusty bureaucrats to force us to get started on integrating said jobs into our economy.

Nevermind that the feds have an extremely and conveniently loose definition of what qualifies as a “green job,” and that jobs in everybody’s favorite clean energy ventures (i.e., wind and solar) can cost taxpayers practically $10 million dollars a pop — it’s all for the cause, right?

The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs — annual operation and maintenance positions — meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

The report, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (part of the DOE), goes on to posit that those “direct” jobs, created by a grant program initiated through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in turn created almost 5,000 “indirect” jobs — so really, each job cost just under $2 million each.

First of all, I am always loathe to take the government’s jobs numbers without a grain of salt, especially seeing as how so many of President Obama’s special green projects have been boosted up with taxpayer money only to fail spectacularly and add to the unemployment rolls.

Secondly, even ‘just’ $2 million/green job is still too much money — because the federal government should not be spending our money to create jobs at all. Instead, maybe they should consider just getting out of the way of productive private-sector job creation, which doesn’t cost taxpayers a darn thing.


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…campaign funds!

KOOLAID2 on June 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Four more months.

rightside on June 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I want a $10 million green job. It’s only fair.

The Rogue Tomato on June 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Thank God that he’s not letting the “witch hunt” distract him from jobs.

Ditkaca on June 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs — annual operation and maintenance positions — meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

…no comments needed!

KOOLAID2 on June 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Quadrupling down on insane.

NapaConservative on June 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Why is it that I’m doubting that those 910 people aren’t actually making $10 million a piece?

Bitter Clinger on June 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

he’s got nothing else….oh yeah, RACE CARD

cmsinaz on June 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

If you heard the congressional hearings and you found out exactly what was considered a green job, by obama, you would gag!

Bambi on June 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The only real green jobs are with Mexican drug cartels. So are the Second Amendment rights.

Archivarix on June 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Just give me $1,000,000 and I will stop complaining about all this ‘green job’ nonsense…

Khun Joe on June 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

Ugh. I feel woozy.

TN Mom on June 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Invest We Much

forest on June 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Let us not forget the stellar record that the gooberment has when it comes to running businesses such as the Post Office, AMTRAK and now Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. On top of that you’ve got a President who can’t even run his own re-election campaign without it going into the red (I can’t say “keep it in the black” because that would be racist of me) and you wonder why the companies he and his crack staff “Chu-ses” are losers?

natasha333 on June 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Just more proof of how super scary smart 0bama is.

jukin3 on June 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The official White House “GREEN JOBS” decoder –

http://similac.com/feeding-nutrition/diaper-decoder

Pork-Chop on June 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Automatic 45% re-elect # for this guy.

All he needs is 6% and boom we get to find out what OBAMA UNCHAINED is like.

Let’s work ourselves hard to make 11/6 the beginning of his retirement to Chi-Town.

PappyD61 on June 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The official White House “GREEN JOBS” decoder –

http://similac.com/feeding-nutrition/diaper-decoder

Pork-Chop on June 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

When a disposable diaper bag says 18-24 pounds, that’s how much each one can hold, right?

The Rogue Tomato on June 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

“I’m standing here in front of these big….rectangle things behind me to talk to about green energy. These things are green energy…rectangles and I have devoted $10 billion dollars towards creating more rectangles.”

-TFHP

Bishop on June 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Obama…..expert investor…

PatriotRider on June 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

speaking of being “green” and sustainability……

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112640006/fatness-could-be-next-global-threat/

Does any of this sound familiar?

People living in North America are the biggest offenders, according to the research. Those living in that part of the world consist of 34 percent of all human biomass, but only contain 6 percent of the world’s population.

The team hopes the research helps spark some new ideas when it comes to thinking about consumption, weight and population growth.

“We often point the finger at poor women in Africa having too many babies,” said Roberts. “But we’ve also got to think of this fatness thing; it’s part of the same issue of exceeding our planetary limits.”

The authors wrote that increasing biomass will have important implications for global resource requirements, such as food demand and the overall ecological footprint.

“Everyone accepts that population growth threatens global environmental sustainability — our study shows that population fatness is also a major threat,” Roberts said in a statement. “Unless we tackle both population and fatness, our chances are slim.”

If you’re overweight, you’re a stress on the planet and it’s resources, and you better be laying off the bacon sundaes and paying for the carbon offsets or you’re headed for the re-education camps bub.

PappyD61 on June 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Green job…..working in Michelle’s White House garden…

PatriotRider on June 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

…you sh!t…you wipe with recylcled paper…you did a green job!

KOOLAID2 on June 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

What economic ignoramuses we have running things. So say I’m in the Dreaded Private Sector and I make $60,000/yr, but it costs my employer $100,000/yr to keep me employed. What do you think will happen?

Our benevolent god-king would apparently say “Give them more of the stockholders’ money!!”

crazy_legs on June 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Do you think maybe he calls them “green” jobs because they cost so much money?

No! It i because it make sick to our stomachs.

burt on June 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM

The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs — annual operation and maintenance positions — meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

Did they subtract out the 1800 jobs lost at Solyndra and other jobs lost at A123 which makes batteries that won’t start Finnish cars?

The only green about green jobs is the paper with dead Presidents.

Steve Z on June 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Obama has praised Spain no fewer than eight times as a role model for a green economy.

Fast forward….

today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.

But hey, as long as Lefties can feel good about themselves and pat themselves on the back, everything’s alright. This is all just a big game, right? Just entertainment or something.

visions on June 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

i know this kind of rank stupidity/corruption is easy to mock (as well it should be)…but it is a measure of the man how rigidly he clings to his shopworn ideology

that’s the real story…we have a rigid ideologue/demagogue as prezzy…more so than when? Hard to know…not Carter. He deregulated several industries (remember how trucks used to make their return trip empty?).

r keller on June 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Don’t forget that the higher cost of electricity continues for ever.

burt on June 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Where can I get one of those $10M jobs? I could use the pay raise.

dentarthurdent on June 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

In Bammie-World, the man that manufactures the mining equipment that another man uses to dig the ore out of the Earth that is used to make the pigments that a company processes into a kind of paint that is used to paint buses … has a green job.

The term has no meaning.

slickwillie2001 on June 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Too bad we’ll never find out where Barry gets his numbers from. Although rumor has it that his neither region is rather sore.

GarandFan on June 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Get this guy measured for a mop . . . a pretty, green mop . . . and get him the hell out of the WH.

TheClearRiver on June 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM

yes, I will always and forever put quotation marks around the word “investment” whenever President Obama erroneously uses the term

As you should.

Even Allahpundit wouldn’t call his Porsche 911 an ‘investment’.

CorporatePiggy on June 21, 2012 at 2:43 PM

“Yes, foreign policy matters. Social issues matter. But more than anything else, this election presents a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how to create strong, sustained growth.”

May he eat his words, and suffocate on them.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The official White House “GREEN JOBS” decoder –

http://similac.com/feeding-nutrition/diaper-decoder

Pork-Chop on June 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I can’t believe I clicked on that – if I wanted to see baby poop I would have had kids of my own!

Ann on June 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Just more proof of how super scary smart 0bama is.

Oh, ’tain’t necessarily so…..maybe its just that he’s the one with the authority to access the national cash register, incoming receipts and lines of credit, and it’s super scary smart of his mentors and cronies to have connived and plotted to get him in that position so’s they can profit immensely from partaking in his redistribution efforts.

hawkeye54 on June 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Please, by all means, let’s keep pushing for $10 million-a-pop green jobs

Tell you what….give me $10MM, and I’ll split it with my wife. $5MM per green job.

BobMbx on June 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Good job on the “investment” quotation marks. I would suggest that the word “green” also merits quotation marks in almost every current media context.

The use of quotation marks for the phrase “green jobs” versus “green” jobs versus “green” “jobs” is less clear.

talkingpoints on June 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Give me 9.8 million and you can have my job…

I won’t need it anymore.

gekkobear on June 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM