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  • Oh My God, They Admitted It

    The environmental left spews so many lies it is difficult picking out which is the most pernicious. But considering how the economy is everyone’s number one concern right now, the left’s promise to save the economy with “green collar jobs” is definitely the most salient one out there right now.

    The lie goes something like this: “The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.” Obama’s plan to build “a clean energy future” reads an awful lot like the union/enviro backed Apollo Alliance plan to “build America’s 21st century clean energy economy”  and create “5 million jobs.” The only difference is that while Obama says he can create 5 million new “green collar jobs” with just $150 billion, The Apollo Alliance says it will take $500 billion to create the same 5 million jobs.

    When asked to explain the discrepancy why Obama claims he can create the same 5 million jobs with $350 billion less money, Apollo Alliance co-director (and self pro-claimed coiner of the “green collar jobs” term) Kate Gordon told the Wall Street Journal, “Honestly, it’s just to inspire people.

    Got that? The enviro/left is openly admitting that all of their green collar jobs numbers have no relation to reality and are only spewed to “inspire people.” As we’ve explained before:

    The lie at the core of the green-collar myth is that new jobs are being created. There is no new employment, just a transfer of employment from the “non-green” sector to the “green sector” — and often at a net loss of jobs. If regulations force power companies to forgo natural gas for solar power, then sure, the people who manufacture and install the solar panels will have “new” jobs, but those who mined and distributed the natural gas will be out of jobs. And then there are the higher energy costs. Carbon taxes and renewable energy mandates do not create new energy: they simply drive up the price of existing supplies. And higher energy prices means less jobs for everyone.

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    4 Responses to Oh My God, They Admitted It

    1. Barb -mn says:

      Whatever mankind has discovered in this world, is in this world to discover. As most people know the government's will to destroy capitalism is by fearing the people and their children of what the government calls "global warming" without factual evidence. Mandating unnecessary steps to diminish prosperity is as low and greedy as a government can get in a FREE SOCIETY.

      Productive use of natural resources for the productive survival of mankind is not KILLING ANY ANIMAL OR HUMAN and shows NO EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING. For whatever destructive use of natural resources (those who choose war and the weapons to conduct on the innocent, etc) or defying nature (cloning, etc), has, is and will continue to destroy the earth and all that lives as there is factual evidence of this. It is the government against the people as the government thinks they speak for the people yet the people only hear from the mouths of government. Quit wasting the needless time and money.

      Necessary mandates already in place before the government's global warming uprise, are emitting less the pollution (factual evidence) and is all that is needed. People create much better jobs then the government of waste and no integrity. Government, your job is defined in the constitution stay out of private, honest businesses. You are overstaffed and factual evidence proves your worthlessness.

    2. Kate Gordon says:

      The Wall Street Journal, in an article about clean energy investments and green-collar jobs printed on November 7, 2008, incorrectly asserted that varying job creation estimates are “squishy.” I was surprised by a quote attributed to me that implied that Apollo’s five million job number is “just to inspire people.”

      Well, the projection of five million green-collar jobs is accurate and inspiring. It is inspiring to think of a federal investment strategy that can catalyze the American economy by creating new demand for clean energy and energy efficiency systems. It is inspiring to think about the investments in job training to help scale up America’s workforce to prepare to make, install, and maintain these products. It is truly awe-inspiring to think of the millions of Americans that can be put to work all over this country, in a huge range of occupations, moving America toward a clean energy future.

      But it is not just inspiring – it is accurate. In the New Apollo Program, we argue for a $50 billion investment program over ten years. It is an investment in all sectors of the American economy: from green construction to energy efficiency retrofits; from our transportation system to our power grid; from our existing factories to cutting-edge research, development and deployment opportunities. Based on a comprehensive study on a very similar set of proposals that was done for Apollo in 2004 by economist and Nobel laureate M. Ray Perryman, this level of federal investment will create or retain at least five million jobs in America. Most of these are on-site construction, manufacturing, and transportation jobs – jobs in industries that tend to pay a family-supporting wage and benefits, and that have anchored America’s middle class for generations.

      Dr. Perryman’s data show also that the economic benefits of the Apollo investment strategy don’t stop at on-site jobs. These investments will create millions more jobs in associated industries, like the trucking companies moving the wind turbines, the lawyers and accountants helping broker deals between new clean energy businesses, or even the small restaurants and stores catering to the linemen and women upgrading the transmission grid in countless towns across the country.

      Other studies, such as the “Green Recovery” paper recently released by the Center for American Progress, also include the positive economic impact created by, for instance, lower energy bills as a result of more clean energy options. Lower bills equal more money in consumers’ pockets, equal more spending in the local economy, equal more jobs. (See CAP’s response to the Wall Street Journal article here: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2008/11/su

      These “indirect” jobs are included in President-elect Obama’s green jobs calculations, explaining why he comes to the five million job number with a lower initial investment. The different numbers are by no means “squishy.” They are the result of different initial assumptions, leading to different results.

      What is not in doubt is that clean energy policies and investments create jobs. Just look at Newton, Iowa, where laid-off Whirlpool employees are now making wind turbine blades for General Electric. Or Sacramento, California, where a disused nuclear plant is now home to a solar array capable of generating as much power as the plant ever did.

      At Apollo, we are awestruck every day by stories like these, and by the sheer potential scale of the new green economy – an economy that can and should create millions of high-quality, decent jobs for hardworking Americans who want to make a decent wage while also fighting back global warming.

      Darn right we’re inspired. Aren’t you?

      Kate Gordon

      co-director

      Apollo Alliance

    3. Barb -mn says:

      I'm not inspired if you're subsidized by government. I'm not impressed with the fear mongering of global warming that does not exist. I'm deeply concerned with government spitting on the private sector, putting needless regulations on businesses, killing the idea of entrepreneurship, killing the minds of innovation and killing any plans that interfere with those whose future is to conduct their own private business.

      Too many loopholes for those that have always done for themselves. Becoming more scarce as the government moves in more and more everyday.

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