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The Nonsense of “Green Jobs”

Columnist Byron York digs out the details of just how much nonsense is involved in so-called “green jobs” in yesterday’s Washington Examiner. A Google “advanced search” for "green jobs" resulted in 2.4 million hits, for example.

Although York reports the Department of Labor has announced hundreds of millions of dollars in “green job” training grants, there is still plenty of taxpayer money to be shoveled out the door for green jobs since the February 2009 “stimulus bill” “contains more than $80 billion in clean energy funding to promote economic recovery and develop clean energy jobs.” After shoveling all that hard-earned taxpayer money out the door, York writes the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor has decided to figure out what a “green job” is, saying:

“Buried deep inside a federal newsletter on March 16 was something called a "notice of solicitation of comments" from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor.

"BLS is responsible for developing and implementing the collection of new data on green jobs," said the note in the Federal Register, which is widely read by government bureaucrats and almost never seen by the general public. But the notice said there is "no widely accepted standard definition of 'green jobs.'" To help find that definition, the Labor Department asked that readers send in suggestions.

“The notice came only after the department scoured studies from government, academia, and business in search of a definition. "The common thread through the studies and discussions is that green jobs are jobs related to preserving or restoring the environment," the notice said. Duh! Beyond that, a precise definition has eluded Labor Department officials.”

It doesn’t matter the Department of Labor can’t define a “green job.” York writes:

“Meanwhile . . . the Labor Department is assuring Congress that everything is going gangbusters on the green job front. "The demand for green job training opportunities is enormous," (Labor Secretary Hilda) Solis told a Senate committee in March, adding that the Labor Department had by that time already spent $500 million on green jobs, with more to come. "The department has been unable to keep pace with the record number of applications for grants."

As always, the productive sector subsidizing the unproductive section according to the mandates of the political elite. Sheesh!

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