Frisch, call your office, green jobs training a bust!

Russ Steele

Hot Air has the details HERE.

After spending $17.2 billion of the $38.6 billion allocated for green-jobs stimulation, the programs have created a total of just over 3500 jobs, for a price tag of $4.85 million each.  Now the Inspector General at the Department of Labor has recommended the shutdown of a green-jobs training program that has only placed 15% of its participants:

A $500 million green jobs program at the Department of Labor has so far provided only 15 percent of current participants with jobs, leading the agency’s inspector general to recommend that the bulk of the money be returned to the Treasury.

The program, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aims to find employment for almost 80,000 people by providing grants for labor exchange and job training projects. With those grants expiring over the next 15 months, IG officials concluded that the program would fail to come close to that target.

I am sure you all remember during the Prop 23 debates, with Steven Frisch at the Sierra Business Council, that green jobs were going to save California’s economy and that SBC was supporting the development of green job training programs. Looks like the program is going to be shut down with a price tage of $4.85 million each.  I wonder how much SBC got for the green jobs they created?

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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.

6 Responses to Frisch, call your office, green jobs training a bust!

  1. stevefrisch says:

    How fitting that Russ is blowing Hot Air! By the way we received nothing for ‘green jobs training’ from ARRA funds, just for the record.

    Yet another example of McCarthy/Cohn tactics to imply guilt on someone in the form of a question. Hey Russ, when did you stop beating your wife?

  2. Bob says:

    Nice deflection Steve!

  3. Come on Frisch, let us relive your relentless attacks on the people opposed to AB32 and in favor of Prop23. You were quite a salesman for the defeat of Prop 23. Your eloquence in supporting the “green” jobs was very passionate and all your claims of success if it was defeated (prop 23) were well done. Please, give us your impassioned opinions why these programs are now failures so we can understand your fervor in your support for them. Details required.

  4. Greg Goodknight says:

    Golly, I reread Russ’ piece a couple times and I read no claim that SBC had received any of those funds, only the clear inference that Steve was touting the new Green economy, a pipedream from the start.

    There can only be so many Green jobs sorting trash or installing subsidized solar panels made in China. The ultimate green job is subsistence farming, and most of us are happy our ancestors gave that up some generations ago.

    Worldwide, people make their countries as clean as they think they can afford. Making us all poorer will not clean up the environment.

  5. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Can someone possably explain to me – trained to do what?

  6. I see Frisch can’t defend his SBC foisting of public money. What a hoot.

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