Obama’s green-energy jobs success — er, failure rate

posted at 1:01 pm on October 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

If you have any lingering romantical notions about the big nothingburger of old n’ busted recyclables that is President Obama’s last-ditch effort at a “second-term agenda,” here’s another exercise in futility we can glean from its glossy depths — or, rather, its glossy shallows.

If you flip through it, you’ll notice some lovely-looking assurances of the ways in which President Obama wants to wants to revive American manufacturing, about providing students with the best math-and-science educations possible, to keep using government spending as a tool for growth, about training workers for “good jobs that actually exist,” and about all the ways in which he intends to keep subsidizing and supporting the clean-energy industry.

Read: Get ready for more of our tax dollars to be frivolously thrown at the “green energy” and the “jobs of the future.”

The only problem being that pretty much all of President Obama’s previous efforts at this oh-so-noble endeavor to micro-manage the direction of our economy have gone fantastically poorly. Surprise, surprise, fresh from an audit requested by House Oversight and Government Reform on the recent activities of the $400 million the Obama administration earmarked for green-jobs training programs, via the WashTimes:

President Obama’s green jobs training program, which was part of his stimulus, has failed on most key jobs measures, according to a new internal audit that found it was training workers who already had jobs that didn’t need green energy skills, and was failing to place new enrollees in jobs once they finished the training.

The Labor Department’s inspector general also said grantees who received the green jobs-training money did a poor job of reporting their results.

Only 38 percent of those who have completed training got jobs based on it, and only 16 percent kept jobs for at least six months — the key measure of success for the program. …

Of those workers who already had energy-sector jobs, the auditors said they were retrained, even though they didn’t need it.

What should be just another nail in the “federal government trying to force their idea of green energy upon the masses”-coffin, is just a preview of a what we’ll get a second heaping helping of in a second Obama term.


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Read: Get ready for more of our tax dollars to be frivolously thrown at the “green energy” and the “jobs of the future.”

No see, it’s only frivolous if you look at it terms of results.

If you look at in terms of Obama/Democrat donors…it’s a smashing success.

They all seem to make out like bandits.

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Didn’t Pres. Bumps tell that reporter from the Denver station during his Lie-0-Thon that only 4% of his Green investments had gone south?

Sure seems like he did.

We are all too busy fisking his OTHER lies to get to that one, I realize.

Ragspierre on October 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Oil, coal and natural gas are the real “Green” energy. As in they are the ones that make money, not blow it.

Flange on October 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

“Romantical”?

KS Rex on October 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

What matters is that he tried, you Rethuglicans. I don’t care if he wasted billions on the effort. It’s worth it to prove to Gaia that we as an Earth People, her children, are trying.

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

In the world upside down of Darwinist Progressives….

Failure is success.

People are no more than animals (winners of evolutions lottery).

Power is what you USE on people.

Guns in the hands of individuals are a failure of the state.

Old people should be glad the Federal government kills them off with Death Panels so they don’t burden their children.

Babies should be aborted because there are too many humans.

Liberty comes from God (meaning their God which is the Government).

So Obama is a HUGE HUGE success.

PappyD61 on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

$90 billion down the drain on crony-rewarding green energy projects. This when our out of control deficit spending is the greatest threat in a generation. And what have we achieved? .. A minimal amount of mostly temporary jobs, and all these extreme subsidies to green energy only serve to crowd out essential conventional energy, and raise the cost of energy for everyone. There is no “energy of the future” in this as O maintains. To get even a small amount of long-term useful energy from fanciful raptor killing wind, and solar, would bankrupt this country. Look what all the crazy green energy subsidies has done to Europe. This has been 4 years of undiluted idiocy. No more years!

anotherJoe on October 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

It doesn’t matter to Obama, whether the attempt at green-energy jobs was a success or failure.

As long as it helps to move the U.S. towards the One World Government, he’s satisfied with it..

listens2glenn on October 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

..failing to place new enrollees in jobs once they finished the training.

..did a poor job of reporting their results.

..only 16 percent kept jobs for at least six months

..the auditors said they were retrained, even though they didn’t need it.

Smart Power.

BacaDog on October 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

History…..repeats itself, repeatedly.

http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/6/20/33-years-ago-today-jimmy-carter-put-solar-panels-on-the-white-house–2

A little more than 30 years ago another Progressive genius set in the Oval office with a great idea.

He thought we should have to lower our thermostats, and sit around in sweaters because he saw LACK in humanity. Now here we are again and we have a President that wants us to check the air in our tires to deal with rising gas prices.

How I wish Romney would have run against Obama like Reagan did against Carter.

PappyD61 on October 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

In the eyes of the Murderer-in-chief and his minions, there are no failures, when the tax dollars are given to his bundlers who can then wash the dollars and get them back to his campaign coffers! How can that be a failure when his plans worked exactly as described by Axelfraud? What, did you peons really think this was about anything but getting the Marxist Messiah re-elected? The Obama Jihadi media will continue to push this BS meme and the Morons will continue to buy this BS and the Murderer-in-chief will continue to get away with whatever he wants. The Republican Establishment doesn’t want to blow the scam or they would have to actually have morals & work to improve the situation rather than just continuing the status quot!
I’ve added an Important link & ADDENDUM to:How to take on the Obama Jihadi media & Win: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Hawkdriver? Is that you? lol!

thatsafactjack on October 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Obama doesn’t understand energy, physics, economics, or what we perceive to be ‘normal life’. He isn’t intelligent, empathetic, knowledgeable, wise, engaged, or concerned.

tom daschle concerned on October 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If you flip through it, you’ll notice some lovely-looking assurances of the ways in which President Obama wants to wants to revive American manufacturing, about providing students with the best math-and-science educations possible

First things first. We need to start with voting out a President and administration officials who apparently weren’t paying much attention during math, science (and economics) class.

MessesWithTexas on October 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Ask Obama what he would do and then do the opposite thus ensuring a 100% success record.

jukin3 on October 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

OT but Crowder takes on Lena Dunham and her “First Time”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sSxDE1QCHA4

CW on October 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

All of this “Green” stuff is nothing more than a huge money laundering scheme. Using the American taxpayer’s money. Take the taxpayer’s money, “invest” in “green” companies owned and operated by campaign contributors, soon after.., declare bankruptcy, get rich and contribute what’s left back to the campaign…
And all of the money came from the taxpayers.. Sweet!

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Hawkdriver? Is that you? lol!

thatsafactjack on October 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

shhh, I sacrificing some hard earmed greenbacks to Gaia.

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Michael Tomasky……loon of the left, on the Saturday Gallup numbers.

So here it is, a little after 1 on Saturday afternoon, which means that the Gallup tracking poll is out, and it again shows Romney with a five-point lead. It also shows, I see from tweeterville, that Obama’s approval rating has gone from 53 percent Wednesday to 47 percent today.

Either Gallup is going to look brilliant election night or this will be a much-remembered heaping pile of egg on the organization’s face. I don’t claim to know at this point, although I do note, as a liberal would, that its numbers are pretty different from a lot of people’s.

This approval number is fishy. Why would Obama have lost six job-approval points in three days? The only thing of any apparent moment that happened in those three days is the announcement of the GDP number, which was so-so, kind of a on-the-one-hand, on-the-other sort of tihng. So that doesn’t make any actual sense. Hey Doofus, Benghazi!!!

CNN is out with a new one showing Obama up four in Ohio. We all believe the polls we want to believe. And though some of you are inevitably going to say that I would say this, you can believe me or not believe me, but I’ve always said: At this point, state polls are the only ones I really pay attention to. States decide it. Duh.

PappyD61 on October 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

thatsafactjack on October 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

shhh, I sacrificing some hard earmed greenbacks to Gaia.

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Reading glasses version.

shhh, I’m sacrificing some hard earned greenbacks to Gaia.

hawkdriver on October 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Religion.

stout77 on October 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

So Barry is batting .0000.

bayview on October 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

T -5 hrs until I am in the Presence of Super Mitt Romney……the next President of the United States.

A return to decency and a renewal of American Exceptionalism. A break from the socio-Marxism that the Occupier of the WH has use to try and keep us from being the Americans we should be.

Buh bye Hopey and the rest of your Chicago Corrupocrats

FlaMurph on October 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Obama is the “Windmill President,” all right. He moves around a lot, but never gets anywhere.

flyoverland on October 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I like that.

Al Hall on October 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Holy Jesus…anyone seen this yet???

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Those training programs are nothing but make-work programs so that political favorites can make some money.

PattyJ on October 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Holy Jesus…anyone seen this yet???

BigWyo on October 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Couldn’t do it. That stuff is creepy as hell.

tom daschle concerned on October 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Hey…let’s regulate wall street to stop those “risky” investment gambles…

chewydog on October 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Revolt technologies, a supposed Chevy Volt battery supplier, just crashed and burned, went bankrupt, Seems to be everything in this arena goes bankrupt, burns down or just doesn’t work.
Maybe Barry the technology isn’t quite ready for everyday use. The windmills can’t survive without massive subsidies, the electric cars burn or don’t work well and your overall energy policy has all the feasibilty of Unicorn farts powering our country. Failure, it becomes you.

stormridercx4 on October 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

So Barry is batting .0000.

bayview on October 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

…JugEars is like the Yankees against the Tigers…and the Tigers against San Fransisco!

KOOLAID2 on October 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Everything Barry has done has been an economic failure. In that, he’s been very consistent.

GarandFan on October 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM