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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Green Jobs ? What Green Jobs?

Even with the massive subsidies from Government real  "green jobs" remain a mirage and events like the closure of Evergreen Solar are symptomatic of the green industry malaise- a malaise so bad that even the New York Times has recognised it.
 Green Jobs

Amid much hoo-ha the Mayor of San Jose opened the latest "green job" company - it turns out to be an importer of Chinese solar panels . This is a sorry story for the US which was once the world leader in technology and manufacturing.
Along with many other dupes of the green industry scam the Mayor is committed to spending large amounts of other people's money on these parasitic subsidy-sucking industries which don't make economic sense.

“Clean technology is the next wave of innovation that Silicon Valley needs to capture,” the mayor said, noting that the San Jose City Council had committed to increasing the number of “green jobs” in the city to 25,000 by 2022. San Jose currently has 4,350 such jobs, according to city officials.
But SolFocus assembles its solar panels in China, and the new San Jose headquarters employs just 90 people.
In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream.
But the real story of the collapse of the American dream is buried in the article where bureaucracy intervenes even in the efforts to create  green jobs ,spending 7 months to decide how much to pay the workers. The US and especially California is so paralysed by red tape that it is interfering with it's ability to waste taxpayer's money effectively.

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. Two years after it was awarded $186 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize drafty homes, California has spent only a little over half that sum and has so far created the equivalent of just 538 full-time jobs in the last quarter, according to the State Department of Community Services and Development.
The weatherization program was initially delayed for seven months while the federal Department of Labor determined prevailing wage standards for the industry. Even after that issue was resolved, the program never really caught on as homeowners balked at the upfront costs.
I am at a loss to know how full-time jobs are created by a subsidy- I would guess that the jobs would largely disappear when the taxpayer-funded piggy-bank was empty!

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