Green jobs revealed as fiscal black hole

Russ Steele

As we enter the election season, it is important to remember what the Democrats told us during the last election cycle about the creation of “green jobs.” Remember how the Democrats and our local left challenged Prop 23, claiming that we would soon be recovering on a wave of “green jobs,” created under AB32. Where are those green jobs? Why are companies leaving the state five times faster in 2011 than they did in 2010?

The Orange County Register has some editorial thoughts on the “green jobs” issue:

 The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money.

Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are – unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real jobs for every green job created.

Domestic green-job pipe dreams similarly drain U.S. taxpayers’ money into economic sink holes. The millions of so-called green jobs promised by President Barack Obama and other champions of taxpayer-subsidized energy schemes not only haven’t materialized, many that did, already are disappearing.

It’s truly a bad sign for the green-job revolution when failure becomes obvious even to acolytes. “All this talk about the green jobs never materialized,” liberal Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles recently complained.

So, where are our local left leaning Democrats on the disappearance of green jobs? These are the same people that are challenging the open of the Idaho Maryland Mine. They were wrong about “green jobs” could they also be wrong about opening the IMM?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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