Reuters takes a look at the status of President Obama’s signature “green jobs” push, which the administration has already pumped billions into, and finds some dismal results:
But the millions of “green jobs” Obama promised have been slow to sprout, disappointing many who had hoped that the $90 billion earmarked for clean-energy efforts in the recession-fighting federal stimulus package would ease unemployment – still above 8 percent in March.
Supporters say the administration overpromised on the jobs front and worry that a backlash could undermine support for clean-energy policies in general. …
A $500 million job-training program has so far helped fewer than 20,000 people find work, far short of its goal. …
Gains in the sector don’t necessarily lead to wider employment.
The wind industry, for example, has shed 10,000 jobs since 2009 even as the energy capacity of wind farms has nearly doubled, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry has added 75,000 jobs since Obama took office, according to Labor Department statistics.
The administration’s promises on the green jobs front have shrunk significantly during the past few years. Obama vowed that his plan would create 5 million jobs in 2008, but those projected numbers dwindled to 722,000 (promised by Vice President Biden in 2009) and then to 200,000 (the 2010 White House estimate). And yet the president continues to tout his green jobs campaign, despite its failure to meet expectations.
The problem for Obama is that the green energy industry is really the only energy sector he can try to feign achievement in. He’s killing coal jobs with new regulations, and the GOP won’t let the public forget all the jobs that were cost by his Keystone XL blunder.
Republicans have focused most of their attention on Obama’s Solyndra debacle, and while that’s a compelling symbol for the administration’s overall failure on green energy, it’s also important to note that the green energy problems extend far beyond one unsuccessful company. Obama continues to argue that more money should be funneled into green energy, despite the evidence that his job creation efforts have been a bust. Comparing the billions of dollars that have already been spent to the paltry job creation numbers shows just how much of a money-waste the entire project has been.