As someone who has been in the environmental business for twenty years, I used to chuckle when Obama and other liberals used to talk about what was first referred to as "green tech" and eventually became "green jobs". There was no such thing or at least not enough out there to qualify as an actually sector of the job market.
Perhaps if Obama had resurrected the Superfund or offered a tax incentive for businesses to clean up the environmental messes they made, we'd have seen an actually green sector evolve but it sure as hell wasn't coming from solar cells and windmills. A true push for remediation of contaminated sites would have cost nothing out of pocket but returned a huge amount of jobs in remediation construction, demolition, engineering and new construction on the formerly contaminated sites.
Instead we get this:
The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs -- annual operation and maintenance positions -- meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.It took $9.8-million to create jobs that probably pay on average less than $50,000 per year. So where did the money go? To Obama cronies of course who lined pockets and ran away like Solyndra and the myriad other companies that Obama showered our tax dollars on.
Obama could have easily given a $9-billion tax cut and gotten a shit load more of a return.
New Hot Air writer Erika Johnsen notes that the Obama administration's definition of "green jobs" is very loose and still it couldn't come up with more than 910: