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A $230,000 Taxpayer-Funded 'Green Jobs' Website, but No Jobs Listed

Posted By Mike Brownfield On December 2, 2011 @ 1:07 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled

How’s this for a waste of taxpayer money? According to Energy& Environment News [1], the Department of Energy is paying $230,000 for a website to promote career paths in the green energy sector–and it has, ironically, prohibited the listing of actual jobs in the industry. Here’s the report:

The Department of Energy has awarded a $230,000 contract to the Association of Energy Services Professionals to develop a website on energy efficiency jobs — but the agency has prohibited the listing of actual position openings.

Instead, the website will include information on what training and education is needed to nab a job, said Suzanne Jones, AESP’s vice president of marketing. In lieu of a job bank, AESP will provide 40 to 50 “very distinct” job descriptions in the energy efficiency industry, along with the education and training needed for such jobs.

A DOE spokesman did not return a request for comment in time for publication. The website — called “My Energy Gateway” — will launch in April 2012, according to AESP.

It probably shouldn’t be surprising that a “green jobs website” doesn’t actually list any green jobs. After all, President Barack Obama’s green dream has proven to be a bust. The President made green jobs a centerpiece of his Administration, and he hailed them as the future of this U.S. economy. The trouble is, those jobs didn’t materialize [2], despite a massive infusion of federal spending–including billions in the 2009 stimulus bill.

Even The New York Times [3] wrote, ”federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed” and Obama’s goal of creating 5 million new green jobs within 10 years is a “pipe dream.”

Maybe the Obama Administration is operating under “The Field of Dreams” theory — if they build a website, the jobs will come. A better strategy would be to get the federal government out of the way and let the free market thrive instead of spending taxpayer money on quarter-million-dollar PR projects.

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[1] Energy& Environment News: http://www.eenews.net/

[2] those jobs didn’t materialize: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/22/are-green-jobs-gone-with-the-wind/

[3] The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/us/19bcgreen.html

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