Friday, August 19, 2011

New York Times: Update on Another Success Story -- Green Energy -- Not A Bakken Story

This is the second story in about as many days.

From The New York Times:
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. 
As noted earlier, this is the second story on the success of the president's green energy jobs program. One has to ask why so much interest by The New York Times all of a sudden.

It's possible I've linked this story before, but I don't think so. Click on label "GreenEnergyJobs" at bottom of blog for related posts.

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.

Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan

How many times must a man turn his head, and pretend he just doesn't see?

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