March 29, 2011: 'Jon Karl from ABC News found that most green jobs created by the stimulus are created in China'
"80% of Stimulus Dollars For Wind Power Goes to Foreign Companies" (Watch Dianne Sawyer speak on this issue by video link, here: http://bit.ly/hibGP1
"Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C.
Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines."
Oregon @ $34 million beats Massachusetts @ $19.5 million each green job cost
Massachusetts' Green Jobs Czar is UPC First Wind CEO and President Paul Gaynor. The shocking cost of Mass Green Jobs Czar's production of 10 green jobs, created at his proposed Kahuku wind project in Hawaii, post construction, works out to be $19.5 million dollars for EACH GREEN JOB created!:
Investigative reporter Ira Stoll writes in Future of Capitalism:
"First Wind Holdings LLC will get a $117 million loan guarantee from federal "stimulus" funds to finance the construction and start-up of a wind energy project in Kahuku, Hawaii, the federal Department of Energy announced Friday. Once complete, the project will create "six to ten" jobs, according to the Department of Energy. At $117 million, works out to a federally guaranteed loan of between $19.5 million and $11.7 million for each job created...."
Wind farm costs Ore. taxpayers heavily
PORTLAND, Ore. (The Associated Press) - Mar 14 - By TED SICKINGER
"...Yet by any standard, the cost per job is enormous: $34 million per permanent position when all federal and state subsidies are tallied..."
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
A LOOK BACK AT ONE YEAR OF
PREPARED BY THE OFFICE OF THE REPUBLICAN LEADER
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)
FEBRUARY 17, 2010
On the one-year anniversary of President Obama and Congressional Democrats‘ trillion-dollar―stimulus‖ spending program, it is clear that it has utterly failed to live up to their promises.
When Democrats rushed their massive 1,100-page, ―stimulus‖ through Congress in 2009, they promised that unemployment would not exceed eight percent1 and that job creation would begin ―almost immediately.‖2 But nearly one year later, more than three million more Americans have lost their jobs, unemployment is near 10 percent, and the deficit is set to hit a record $1.6 trillion.
By the Democrats‘ own metrics, the ―stimulus‖ hasn‘t worked: it‘s chock-full of wasteful government spending that has funneled money to congressional districts that don‘t exist and the Administration‘s claims of jobs ―saved or created‖ were so exaggerated that it quietly abandoned the metric at the end of last year.
Sadly, our children and grandchildren will be the ones who bear the cost of the ―stimulus.‖ While it costs $862 billion today, with interest it will cost more than $1 trillion.3
Survey after survey confirms that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the Democrats‘―stimulus‖ program.4 In fact, a CBS/New York Times poll released just days before the one-year anniversary of the ―stimulus‖ found that ―just 6 percent of Americans think it has created jobs.‖5
This report outlines the Democrats‘ broken promises and wasteful spending that has led the American people to continue to ask after one year of ―stimulus‖: Where are the jobs?
The Sunday Telegraph 12 March 2011
For every new 'green' job, nearly four are lost
The collapse of Modec, the electric van manufacturer, shows how David Cameron's green economy is withering, says Christopher Booker.
Mass Executive Office of Environmental Affairs announces Governor Patrick appoints Gaynor with quote from the Secretary Ian Bowles March 2009 Press Release:
More information on the high cost of green jobs:
Wind energy industry specious claim "Green Jobs" (studies and reports):
INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY RESEARCH
BACKGROUND: Last March, Spanish economics professor Gabriel Calzada published an academic analysis that showed for every green job created in Spain, 2.2 jobs were lost as an opportunity cost. This finding contradicted the Obama Administration’s claim that massive subsidies for wind and solar energy would create jobs. Calzada’s study gained national attention from the media and policymakers, making it difficult for the Administration to advance such failed policies. The Administration’s response? Huddle with big wind lobbyists and other special-interest groups to collaborate on a taxpayer-funded “rebuttal” to Calzada’s work. When the media and some in Congress inquired about the highly unusual step the Administration took in analyzing and responding to an analysis of the Spanish experience with renewable energy and green jobs, senior level government officials were not forthright or honest in their response.
Obama Stimulus Program:$246,436 Cost Per Job.
The actual number is much higher, the $246K is being calculated using jobs saved and created and we all know the jobs saved number is a joke. Bonus fun fact: If Obama simply paid people 60K a year he would have created 2.6 million jobs (instead of the 640K 'saved and created' )
"The Obama Administration is touting that their stimulus program has saved or created 640,329 jobs since it was enacted back in February through the end of October. This number is updated and posted on the Administration’s recovery.gov web site. That amounts to $246,436 per job based on the $157.8bn that has been awarded so far!
Total compensation earned by the average payroll employee during October, on an annualized basis, was $59,867.If the government had simply used the funds awarded so far to pay for a year’s worth of labor, that would have paid for 2.6mn jobs!"
The wind lobby and our President's promises of green jobs are hollow based on this research. What the government is striving for are renewable energy mandates that translate to cost-prohibitive and unreliable energy. TAXES and more TAXES by National Clean Energy Standard (CES), Renewable Electric Standard (RES) or Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)...are bad for employers and employees as well as our economy. When the federal and state governments pick the winners, and set mandates by CES, RES, or RPS, it's bad news for electric customers, those seeking employment, and those buying goods and services. That means it's bad for us all.