Even New York Times Admits Obama’s Green Jobs Agenda Is a Complete Disaster

Another Obama Failure.

President Barack Obama toured a vehicle battery plant in Michigan last Thursday. During his visit Obama touted his administration’s focus on green technology and jobs. Thanks to the Obama-Pelosi failed stimulus bill this same corporation has created “green” jobs at a cost of about $2 million in federal subsidies per job. This is Barack Obama’s definition of success.

Last Saturday in his Weekly Address, Barack Obama praised this same battery plant as the way forward.

Only the Obama Administration would believe that spending $2 million per job is a success.

Undortunately for Obama the secret is out.
Even the New York Times admitted today that Obama’s green agenda has been a complete bust.

In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream.

“I won’t say I’m not frustrated,” said Van Jones, an Oakland activist who served briefly as Mr. Obama’s green-jobs czar before resigning under fire after conservative critics said he had signed a petition accusing the Bush administration of deliberately allowing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a claim Mr. Jones denies.

A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. Two years after it was awarded $186 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize drafty homes, California has spent only a little over half that sum and has so far created the equivalent of just 538 full-time jobs in the last quarter, according to the State Department of Community Services and Development.

The weatherization program was initially delayed for seven months while the federal Department of Labor determined prevailing wage standards for the industry. Even after that issue was resolved, the program never really caught on as homeowners balked at the upfront costs.

But, it did help redistribute wealth across economic lines.
That part worked out for Obama, anyway.

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  • Granny

    Isn’t this the same battery plant that is firing 800 workers and moving their plant to China?


    FAILURE at everything he does…and now it’s time to go play a round of golf…destroying america is tiresome work

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  • myohmy

    Green jobs did not redistribute wealth instead showcase the incompetence of our dear leaders in DC. Why would you want to defend your livelihood with BS leaders that the only reason why they are up there because of cronyism, greed and political donation to the democratic establishment?

  • Mark

    The marxist idiot’s entire affirmative action presidency is a disaster.

  • RedBeard

    With every new generation comes a bunch of starry-eyed socialists, convinced that they will make that system work, despite every prior generation having failed to do so. That, according to Einstein’s definition, is insanity.

  • Freddy

    My favorite ‘green’ idea was the one that had home solar panel installations being paid for through the county tax collectors.

    Needless to say, I am aware of no one that even thought about this idea for more than 30 seconds before realizing what a terrible idea it truely was!

  • Larkin

    On his midwest “misery” tour, obama continued to claim 2 million jobs created. When will the media begin to question him on THAT bold-faced lie?

  • dunce

    Part of the reason for this failure is because you normally need taxable income to use a tax credit. Unemployed people are not focused on trimming their tax bill. Since this was designed more for wealth redistribution than environmental and reducing carbon, i am sure that people whose income is all from govt. benefits can no doubt get money back from the tax credit though they had no taxable income. However since many live in rentals with the govt. paying the bill only the landlord can use the program. ACORN is no doubt showing them how to submit false paperwork to get the funds anyway.

  • HadEnough

    Obama sits down to pee and still thinks he is a man……..ha

  • Bunni

    Isn’t that the same plant that I read went BANKRUPT!
    The curse of Jonah, aka obummer, at it again.

    Space Aliens will land before this putz does ANYTHING right.

  • ignatzk

    Since when is the Brookings Institute “non-partisan” ??

  • Patty

    Democrats couldn’t wait to get in power. They were biting at the bit to reform Health care and stop Pollution.

    Not with low GPA and jobless rate and Downgrade, all there hopes and dreams of change are crashing and burning.

    Another time, another place but now is NOT the time.

    These two things alone are simple crushing their dreams. The two projects are costing us and will cost us jobs and the future will look even bleaker.

  • http://webproze.blogspot.com Jeff in Kalamazoo

    No, this is not the same plant that either went bankrupt (that’s the one in Massachussetts) or sending 800 jobs to China (that’s yet another plant). This plant is a partnership between Johnson Controls and a French company called Saft to make lithium batteries for cars.

    The ironic part is that in the same part of Michigan, there were millions of dollars of tax incentives given to another company who built solar panels and it was hoped to create 2700 jobs.
    Then the subsidies dried up in Europe as they eventually will here as well, and their products were entirely too expensive for consumers…instead of 2700 jobs, we have maybe 100, and over $100 million in tax breaks and incentives.


  • Rock

    Well yea, but ACORN is financially back in the green. Even nonexistent voters cost money.

  • Highlander

    So, Van Jones never signed that petition, but he resigned in shame anyway? That’s too funny …

  • Old One

    The media, the teasonous mouthpeice of the left has been pedaling marxist lies & propaganda for well over a century. Now lavisly lubricated with Soros billions its become a slavish serf of Barrrack Oblame and his bands of brigands dressed in green in a vain attempt to hid their red agenda.
    The harlots of the media are is so debauched, depraved & diseased that the truth among our jwhorenalists can not be discerned by them. Reporting on the lies & corruption of the left’s White House & CapitolHill usurperrs “ain’t gonna” happen.

  • Major Kong

    #12 August 19, 2011 at 10:07 am ignatzk commented:
    Since when is the Brookings Institute “non-partisan” ??


  • baseballguy

    Green jobs are nothing more than “you give me the green and I’ll pretend to produce jobs”.

  • The Tonester

    He is doing what he promised in the 08 election…to fundamentally change America. His vacations are like victory laps. He feels he’s earned them. I predict a landslide in 2012. The O might win 5 states.