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    Lots of Green Jobs, but No Green in Their Wallets

    Will the Stimulus plan currently proposed by Congress actually create jobs? The short answer is no. The longer answer is the government cannot create jobs; the government can only transfer or redistribute jobs. As Heritage Senior Budget Analyst Brian Riedl says, “[B]efore the government can spend $1 billion hiring road … More

    Green Job Initiative May Actually Dip Into Red

    President-elect Barack Obama is set to take command a week from today. One of the programs he’s been touting from the beginning of his campaign is a massive green jobs initiative. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Obama can kill two birds with one stone with green jobs; he can solve our … More

    Obama's New Budget Chief: Green Job Spending 'Totally Impractical'

    President-elect Barack Obama has asked the Democrat Congress to produce an economic stimulus bill that he can sign on his inauguration day. The price tag on this bill is already in the $500 billion to $1 trillion range, so it is going to be difficult to track all the boondoggle’s … More

    A Few Ways to Kill Economic Growth

    It appears more and more likely with each passing day that we’ll wind up with an Obama administration. If Obama is elected, we will face a lengthy list of policy proposals that are supposed to help the less fortunate but in fact just kill economic growth. He would expand the … More

    Green Jobs Are Con Jobs

    Bad energy policy usually involves repeating the mistakes made from 1970 to 1980 — windfall profits taxes, federally subsidized alternative energy sources, price controls, and others. All of these old ideas are back in play, even though their track record for worsening rather than solving the nation’s energy problems is … More

    Obama's Broken Window

    Reason’s Jacob Sullum does a great job applying some good old fashioned common sense to ridiculous lefty claims about “green jobs“: Obama says he will “transform the challenge of global climate change into an opportunity to create 5 million new green jobs,” which he likens to the economic activity triggered … More

    Nuclear Energy and Job Creation

    Green jobs. We always hear about them and how they’ll be created over the next few years. Presidential nominee Barack Obama vows to create 5 million of them. But as John Stossel eloquently explains, the government can’t really create jobs. They can shift resources and force investment to make it … More

    Jobs to Nowhere

    Writing at Real Clear Politics, John Stossel tackles a pet peeve of ours, ‘green jobs’: Politicians always promise that their programs will create jobs. It’s used to justify building palatial sports stadiums for wealthy team owners. Alaska Rep. Don Young claimed the infamous “bridge to nowhere” would create jobs. The … More