Monday, February 2, 2009

Proof That Obama's "Green Jobs" Plan Is A Joke That Will Hurt The Economy, Hurt The Environment

From On Green Jobs

  • Create Millions of New Green Jobs
  • Ensure 10 percent of Our Electricity Comes from Renewable Sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy Source – Energy Efficiency.
  • Weatherize One Million Homes Annually.
  • Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology.
  • Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline.


Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

From The Wall Street Journal:

The study(on cap-and-trade) concludes that the plan "will not only significantly reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions, but will also have a net positive effect on California's economic growth through 2020."

Press Secretary Roberts Gibbs On Green Jobs

QUESTION: The president again promised today that he could create a million new green jobs. Could you define in simple terms what is a green job? He keeps using that term, but nobody -- it doesn't seem like anyone really understands that that is. Right now people just keep reading, as you mentioned, jobs being lost. He keeps talking about creating...

GIBBS: Sure.

QUESTION: ... up to 4 million jobs, but 1 million that are green jobs.

GIBBS: Sure. Well...


QUESTION: Could you define that that is?

GIBBS: Sure. The president visited in this campaign a windmill manufacturer that produces -- it wouldn't even fit in this room -- turbine blades for windmills. Those are green jobs.
We went to...


QUESTION: ... jobs already -- how is he going to create a million of them? The question is, a million...

GIBBS: Well, hopefully, we're going to build more windmills.


Hopefully, the tax credit that -- hopefully, the tax credit that goes through Congress -- you know, I don't want to get too deep into the weeds here -- no pun intended...

... but each year -- at least at the end of last year -- you had tax credits for -- for wind-energy jobs.

GIBBS: There's a one-year tax credit, right? And so the -- every year in August or September, there's a huge scurry to make sure that next year's tax credit is available.

Well, if you're going to build a windmill, the size of which is going to produce energy to lower the power costs of millions of Americans, there's some lead time that's involved.

So in instituting a renewed tax credit in this economic stimulus bill to give the producers of wind energy some understanding of what's available for them to use in creating these jobs, to give them some economic certainty is important.
That's just one example. I mean, we went to Ohio -- it all -- like I said, it all blurs together -- it was probably only a couple weeks ago, a week and a half ago -- where we went to a manufacturer for the -- the turbine itself, not the blade.
You've got biofuel jobs, you've got solar projects. I think there's any number of clean energy jobs that can drive not only our path toward energy independence, but also a path toward creating jobs.

The Media On Green Jobs

Obama forms green task force

California's 'Green Jobs' Experiment Isn't Going Well

Surprisingly, Huffington Post supports "Green Jobs"

Why Obama’s ‘Green Jobs’ Plan Won’t Work It would indeed create jobs, but it would do so by killing other jobs. Is that really what Americans want?

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