Surprise: $500 million “investment” in green-job training yielded neither green jobs nor trainees

posted at 8:41 pm on August 5, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

If you’re feeling some deja vu, it’s because we have indeed been here before. Many, many, many times before:

Green-jobs subsidies bust: $21 billion, 28,854 jobs

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

Good news: Pretty much everything counts as a “green job” now

Reuters: Those green-collar jobs promises have really been a bust, huh?

Federal govt: hey, green jobs didn’t work out, but maybe green education will

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

From the Government Accountability Office comes a new report on the failure of green jobs— an industry rich investors are more than welcome to pour money into to assuage their guilty consciences with Gaia or because they genuinely think it will make the world a better place, but who usually just end up giving tons of money to Obama and then wringing subsidies from the rest of us suckers to fund their green dreams. It’s a great system. A great system that spends the equivalent of an Ivy league education and then some per “green job” in taxpayer-funded training programs to place Americans in green jobs that don’t exist, even under the comically lax standard for “green job” the government gave itself. Smart power, y’all.

A federal audit shows that nearly a half-billion dollars in government funds was spent on training workers for so-called “green jobs.” The only problem is that not enough positions in the growing industry exist.

The findings — released in a June report by the Government Accountability Office — showed that only 55 percent of those trained were able to place in a new job, many of which were not technically green jobs. The $501 million in funding came from the 2009 stimulus law. The report also uncovered that the Department of Labor created a framework that led grantees to broadly interpret the program’s definition to include any job “that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial outcome” which led to the gap between training programs and available green industry jobs.

“Our report suggests that the department identifies the lessons learned,” Andrew Sherrill, a spokesperson for the GAO, told FoxNews.com. “A lot of these programs were created before there were clear job definitions for the industry.”

Sherrill adds that other factors contributed, such as the recession hitting around the same time as the grant program and trainees having to compete with unemployed, skilled tradesmen looking for new work.

The GAO suggests in the report that the Labor Department find ways to improve job training associated with emerging industries like green tech in the future.

The GAO is also assuming there’s any incentive for giant government programs to learn lessons and operate more efficiently in the future. Alas, that is not the case, and it behooves President Obama to continue asking for more “investment” in this area, and for most everyone to get green fuzzies about it in the press corps and grumble about Republican green obstruction. So, this evaluation, like all the others, will go unheeded. Obama only likes big data when it’s your phone call metadata or can be used to get you to give him a $5 donation on his birthday or some such.

A Brookings scholar explains government idiocy:

“Basically, this is what can happen when you fund large programs amid much uncertainty and when there’s too little data available,” Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director for the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, told FoxNews.com.

“In 2009, there was very little hard, detailed, metro-by-metro data available about the particular size, nature, and growth rates of the so-called ‘green economy.’ Meanwhile, the nation was plunged into total uncertainty given the worst recession since the Depression. So it is not surprising that local grantees struggled to train people and place them in steady low-carbon jobs.

“The moral of the story is that you need to know in some detail the nature of the economy you’re serving when you fund job training efforts,” Muro added.

Stephen Moore talks about the findings, here, on “America’s Newsroom,” noting that under the ridiculous definition of “green jobs,” even lobbyists who lobby for more green job subsidies count as “green jobs.” Awesome.

Liberals think of these wasteful ventures as basically victimless crimes in the pursuit of healing. Every single cent spent here was taken from someone’s paycheck, taken from an American citizen who could have used it to educate their own kids, or even put solar panels on their house if that’s what they’re into. But that money was taken, for this. There’s no justifying it.

And, while we’re at it, this is disgusting and unjustifiable, too.


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Not enough green jobs? My gosh, what happened to this list of green jobs?

BobMbx on August 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This was always a way to funnel $$ to Dem donors, to make more campaign contributions.

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Two Washington Posts and still nothing…

d1carter on August 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Since the MSM avoids covering the embarrassment that is ‘our President’s economic record’, Fox needs to cover the cover-up.

socalcon on August 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Every utterance coming from the treasonous Obama administration is to be considered fallacious.

I would include the modifier “until proven otherwise” except lying is the one thing that Obama does without peer.

turfmann on August 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

At what point is overt criminal activity by the criminal Executive Branch considered a crime, justice sought, and those responsible tried/convicted/imprisoned/fined?

When you have a gonad-less Congress, there is no point

ShainS on August 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Lovely. Libs don’t care though… if it’s green it’s keen!

MT on August 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Green

Just for you Mary Katharine. ; )

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM

But that money was taken, for this. There’s no justifying it.

And, while we’re at it, this is disgusting and unjustifiable, too.

Amen and amen.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

More evidence that the GOP is dead. Crickets!!

faraway on August 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

But green is still a pretty color.

/libtard

SparkPlug on August 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

…diarrhea green!

KOOLAID2 on August 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Surprise: $500 million “investment” in green-job training yielded neither green jobs nor trainees
posted at 8:41 pm on August 5, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (SNL):

“I’ll give you a topic”

“The Partridge Family were neither partridges, nor a family. Discuss.”

Paul-Cincy on August 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Subsidized jobs destroying real ones, it was to be expected…..

……Strangely, central planning is shown not to work again. Who would have thought?

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (SNL):

“I’ll give you a topic”

“The Partridge Family were neither partridges, nor a family. Discuss.”

Paul-Cincy on August 5, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Was at the doc’s office this AM while wife had a minor surgery. The tv was on the Today show—90 minutes I’ll never get back. Inane drivel. No wonder we be in the fix we is. And don’t forget the two ladies on their cell phones who apparently didn’t know how to walk their asses to the lobby.

arnold ziffel on August 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Leftist policies unexpectedly work as they have several million times before. “Unexpectedly” they repeated.

Marxism is for dummies on August 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

One Action:

SPIT

I had had it up to my eyeballs with this.

NO FRICKING MORE

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

I am not gonna be FOOLED again you scumbags!

ESAD…Seriously.

Scrumpy on August 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

At least the Keystone pipeline will yield 50 jobs.

John the Libertarian on August 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

arnold ziffel on August 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hope your good Lady wife is doing well Arnie!!

God Bless :)

Scrumpy on August 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Liberals think of these wasteful ventures as basically victimless crimes in the pursuit of healing. Every single cent spent here was taken from someone’s paycheck, taken from an American citizen who could have used it to educate their own kids, or even put solar panels on their house if that’s what they’re into. But that money was taken, for this. There’s no justifying it.

But there is- by liberal standards.

If we hadn’t spent this money, Gaia would have been even more at risk than she is! So we must do it again, and bigger, to heal Gaia! If you don’t agree, you hate Holy Mother Gaia! And anyway, you would have spent that money on a car, or a gun(GASP!!!), or MEAT, or something else stupid and evil- because you are stupid and evil!

This is how the “progressive” mind works, and there is no use sugar-coating it. They believe they are Absolute Good, and anyone different from them in any way is Absolute Evil. They are always Absolutely Right- and anyone who disagrees with them in any way is always Absolutely Wrong.

And they intend to Do Good For The World- no matter who else gets hurt.

In fact, if others do get hurt, they think that’s a good thing. Because after all, those Others are Different, and therefore Evil.

And So They Just Have It Coming.

And besides, it’s fun to watch people suffer, isn’t it? Especially when the “enlightened elite’” get to watch- and keep their hands clean in the process.

Why do you think so many Saw sequels have made money? The Roman Coliseum is closer to us than you think. And it wasn’t the plebeians who paid its upkeep, either.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Smart power.

/

Yet Libfree and Brayam will be right there greasing the pole.

CW on August 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Not Green and I Love It! ; )

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

The Democrat Jobs Plan is awfully costly me thinks!!

canopfor on August 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

“Green” is the trendy DNC method to shuffle more taxpayer money to/around more Democrats. I’m sure there are a few US citizens here and there who want to clean up a creek nearby and teach other people about the joys and practicalities of raising your own goats and making goatmilk soap and cheese…

but, a prime example of the Democrats’ foolishness about this whole “Green” thing is this: local mayor and city council candidates, Democrats, pushed campaign “mailers” out several times every week for months in my locale. Open the mailbox (union benefitted from all this heavy loading) and out would spill an overstuffed box of nearly all-Democrat candidates, over and over again, same candidates, same variety of mailers….

come home, find more in the door, on the steps…drive around neighborhood, signs everywhere, same candidates…

…I received a few from the competing Republican candidates, meanwhile.

But the utter avalanche of printed (on paper, required hand delivery/labor costs huge) campaign material flooding the area every campaign cycle by the Democrats utterly busts any concept of what they’re campaigning on: “Green” “industry” and labor costs, save the trees, conserve, recycle…

while they flood the area with trashy campaign materials and harass every possible voter, including me.

Lourdes on August 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

So, where did the money go?

ExpressoBold on August 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

But we only care about this waste if non-whites benefited right Cap Pig, and libfree?

Get your pvssy @sses in here an apologize to everyone here or be exposed once again for the pathological, disingenuous sacks of sh1t everyone knows you really are.

ClassicCon on August 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM

So, where did the money go?

ExpressoBold on August 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Apologies to Robert Parker:

“Obama’s so fine, there’s no telling where the money went”
“Simply irresistable”

Paul-Cincy on August 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

So, where did the money go?

ExpressoBold on August 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

On the advice of my attorney, I invoke my 5th amendment right to avoid incriminating myself…

trigon on August 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

There was no waste! Pelosi and Obama made sure who got the money.

GarandFan on August 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Green.

S. D. on August 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

?
Green.

S. D. on August 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

S. D. on August 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Where’s our resident troll? “But, but… Fisker!”

Hill60 on August 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Well lets discuss Dummie Demmie Debbie Downer going after Jeb recently, yes Mormon core Jeb – – for his role as Gov. in over-promising jobs for an enticement the state of Florida gave to Scripps a few years back to bring the Biomed Research to our state. She cited a $ cost per job created, like it was the end of he world. (She pretends there wasnt any Porkulus corruption SHE. And her party rammed down the taxpayers throats.
.
Now these Democrites hit back and feel they have zero accountability for the failures of their leader and their party. Well, It’s high freakin time Prince RNC puts on his big boy pants- and start to effectively attack these corrupt incompetent stupid dumbocrats- starting with Debbie Downer – at very turn
Hold these people accountable – it’s really not hat complicated.
Prince – Be a man for Pete’s sake.

FlaMurph on August 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Why is funding for this socialism getting out of the House? I am an adamant environmentalist and I could certainly make a decent go out of explaining to normal people why this socialism is not environmentalism. Why can’t GOP congressmen explain this to to their voters?

As a bonus hint for GOP congressmen, I would suggest not saying things to trivialize the environment. Sometime people on the right get close to something like “if we create two jobs, then let’s not worry if the two jobs make bald eagles go extinct”. No one whom a right wing speaker would have a hope of persuading is going to listen to such a right wing speaker, because it really does sound like he just doesn’t care about the environment.

thuja on August 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Correction: $21 billion divided by 29,000 jobs is on the order of $1 million per job, not $10 million. Actually a little less than 3/4 of a million apiece. Still way too expensive AND not an appropriate gov’t function.

NeoCon_1 on August 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM