The Green Jobs Racket Exposed (Again)

Here’s an economic axiom which we’ve discussed here before, but which in this day and age is always worth repeating:

If something is economically tenable, it never ever needs to be subsidized.

The latest concretization of this fact comes from none other than the state-run Associated Press:

After a year of crippling delays, President Barack Obama’s $5 billion program to install weather-tight windows and doors has retrofitted a fraction of homes and created far fewer construction jobs than expected.

In Indiana, state-trained workers flubbed insulation jobs. In Alaska, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, the program has yet to produce a single job or retrofit one home. And in California, a state with nearly 37 million residents, the program at last count had created 84 jobs…

…”This is the beginning of the next industrial revolution with the explosion of clean energy investments,” said assistant U.S. Energy Secretary Cathy Zoi. “These are good jobs that are here to stay.”

But after a year, the stimulus program has retrofitted 30,250 homes — about 5 percent of the overall goal — and fallen well short of the 87,000 jobs that the department planned, according to the latest available figures.

As the Obama administration promotes a second home energy-savings program — a $6 billion rebate plan — some experts are asking whether that will pay off for homeowners or for the planet.

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For more on the inherently toxic nature of environmentalism, please read this.

4 Comments

  • Redmond

    April 9, 2010

    Speaking of government subsidised green jobs being counterproductive and harmful to the real economy, this is a must read – 2.2 jobs lost in Spain for every “Green Job” created.

    http://www.juandemariana.org/pdf/090327-employment-public-aid-renewable.pdf

    Enjoy!

  • Capitalist

    April 9, 2010

    The problem is, the Spanish solution lacks the brilliant leadership of the greatest political figure in all of human history: Obama. (Hey, pass me another hit on that doobie…)

  • Redmond

    April 9, 2010

    Hey Capitalist – good to see you are a supporter of drug legalisation.

  • Redmond

    April 9, 2010

    Off topic, but worth a look

    It is a good thing the Americans don’t support the international war crimes tribunal…

    http://www.collateralmurder.com/

    My Lai anyone?

    This is getting ridiculous. The world is watching what is going on – CNN should be showing this stuff.

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