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Busting the Myth of Green Jobs

Original post made by The High Cost of Being Green, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Sep 29, 2009

Central to the new administration's economic recovery plan is President Obama's goal to create and sustain five million "green-collar" jobs – using tools such as cap-and-trade to dramatically increase the cost of conventional energy so that new industries focused on renewable and alternative energy can become competitive, grow their market, and start employing American workers.

To sell that plan to the American people, the President has often invoked the example of Spain – a nation with more than a decade of experience using taxpayer resources to subsidize "green" industries. However, a new study by Spanish economist and professor Gabriel Calzada reveals, Spain's green jobs experience is much more a cautionary tale than a blueprint for success.

Join Dr. Calzada, along with Institute for Energy Research (IER) economist Robert Murphy, York College (Pa.) professor Tom Bogart, and Heritage energy analyst Ben Lieberman, to explore the lessons of Spain, and examine some of the fundamental flaws in the green jobs-as-an-economic-salve line of argument. Watch the video now at the Heritage Foundation, The video is titled: Busting the Myth of Green Jobs.

www.heritage.org/Press/Events/ev050409c.cfm or click on the link: Web Link

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Posted by outstanding!
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Dear High Cost...
Outstanding post! We need to get our own Czar of Green, Jerry McNerney, to respond to this post and to explain to us what his ROI is of going "green." And, oh...his specialty is windmills. What is the ROI of all those windmills...and how many endangered birds to they kill per year?

(BTW: I once liked the color 'green'. Now it only reminds me of ... well I shouldn't say here. Now my color of preference is Red, White and Blue since it is definitely out-of-favor with the Obama Administration.)


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Posted by Stay Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

The Clean Energy Economy
Jun 10, 2009
Research by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably—extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating new industries. Between 1998 and 2007, its jobs grew at a faster rate than overall jobs. Like all other sectors, the clean energy economy has been hit by the recession, but investments in clean technology have fared far better in the past year than venture capital overall. Looking forward, the clean energy economy has tremendous potential for growth, as investments continue to flow from both the government and private sector and federal and state policy makers increasingly push for reforms that will both spur economic renewal and sustain the environment.
By 2007, more than 68,200 businesses across all 50 states and the District of Columbia accounted for about 770,000 jobs that achieve the double bottom line of economic growth and environmental sustainability.
In today's tough financial climate, when millions of jobs have been lost, those numbers may sound modest. Three quarters of a million jobs represent half a percent of all jobs in the United States today. But Pew's research shows that between 1998 and 2007, clean energy economy jobs—a mix of whiteand blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians, machinists and teachers—grew by 9.1 percent, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent. And although we expect job growth in the clean energy economy to have declined in 2008, experts predict the drop in this sector will be less severe than the drop in U.S. jobs overall.
A link to the full report is below. You may also view the press release, which includes state fact sheets and related resources—Pew Finds Clean Energy Economy Generates Significant Job Growth.
Track your state's share of the clean energy economy using Trends to Watch. The Clean Energy Economy trend presents data on clean energy jobs, businesses, patents and venture capital using interactive maps, ranked bar graphs and trends over time.
Web Link


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Posted by !
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

PEW is almost an entirely a democrat biased org and the Heritage Org is conservative. Guess the reader needs to examine the methodology and rigor of the research studies and the background of the researchers. I'll put my money and trust in the Heritage Org.


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Posted by Stay Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Web Link
Web Link
"Joseph Pew and his heirs were politically conservative. The J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust had as its mission to "acquaint the American people with 'the evils of bureaucracy' and 'the values of a free market' and 'to inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won.'" Joseph N. Pew, Jr. called Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, "a gigantic scheme to raze U.S businesses to a dead level and debase the citizenry into a mass of ballot-casting serfs."[2]


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Posted by !
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm

You are either very naive or just a mind-numbed stubborn liberal. It doesn't matter one iota how PEW started out. Just like the Annenberg Foundation was also founded by a staunch conservative. Both PEW and Annenberg are very liberal now Nd support almost exclusively liberal Obama-ish causes.


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Posted by Stay Cool
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Neither. Take a look at who uses their research. Everyone from Al Franken to the WSJ.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Sep 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Dear High Cost and outstanding!, thanks for your informative posts. I can neither agree nor refute the facts as I haven't done the proper research.

My question is this: If your facts are true, what do you propose? Should we stop all effort to be "green"? Please follow through on your accusations of political wrong-doing by the Obama administration with a solution to the problem. Do you suggest there is no environmental issue so therefore we should ignore all efforts to "green"? Does the video conclude what should be done? Could you please summarize what you think should be done? Thanks.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

jimf01 is a registered user.

Pew vs Heritage matters not, the climate change debate will go on and on.
Here and now, the Obama administration plans re: green jobs are all exposed with the hiring and subsequent resignation Van Jones, Obama's adviser for green jobs. The entire program is about Obama's goals for redistributive change.

Van Jones, earlier this year at PowerShift 2009, "This movement is deeper than a solar panel! Don't stop there! Don't stop there! We're gonna change the whole system! We're gonna change the whole thing. We're not gonna put a new battery in a broken system. We want a new system. We want a new system...our Native American sisters and brothers who were pushed and bullied and mistreated and shoved into all the land we didn't want, where it was all hot and windy. Well, guess what? Renewable energy? Guess what, solar industry? Guess what wind industry? They now own and control 80 percent of the renewable energy resources. No more broken treaties. No more broken treaties. Give them the wealth! Give them the wealth! Give them the dignity. Give them the respect that they deserve. No justice on stolen land. We owe them a debt."

You all know Obama's now famous statement to Joe the Plumber during the 2008 campaign. Without his teleprompter handy, Obama answered Joe's concerns about his taxes going up by telling him he would "spread the wealth around".

Correlate to Obama's 2001 WBEZ.FM interview, in which he stated. "one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change."

These are the words of the people in power. Read them, connect the dots for yourself.


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