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Think Outside the Green Jobs

34 If you've ever read my blog before, you know how I feel about the word GREEN. I'm getting kinda sick of it. It's all a scam, Sam. Don't fall for the hype.

The biggest political promise these days is that the future is in Green Jobs. There was even a Green Jobs Czar (temporarily).

But what does this mean? It's supposed to mean that we can kick-start an entire new industry producing green products and creating millions of new jobs. So, is it working?

Apparently, much of the stimulus money that was earmarked for green jobs and renewable energy products went overseas:

"The Department of Energy estimated that 82,000 jobs have been created and has acknowledged that as much as 80 percent of some green programs, including $2.3 billion of manufacturing tax credits, went to foreign firms that employed workers primarily in countries including China, South Korea and Spain, rather than in the United States.

Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, said much of the green stimulus funding was “squandered.”

“Large grants to build green buildings don’t generate many new jobs, except for a few architects,” he said. “Subsidies for windmills and solar panels created lots of jobs in China,” but few at home.

In one of several embarrassing disclosures for the administration, a report last fall by American University‘s Investigative Reporting Workshop found that 11 U.S. wind farms used their grants to purchase 695 out of 982 wind turbines from overseas suppliers."

Other reports show that college graduates entering the workforce hoping to go into green industries are not finding work. Why? Because the White House is trying to push an agenda that is not a high priority to most Americans.

I repeat: Don't fall for the hype.

How about a real green job, like vegetable gardening?

That's something we can all sink our teeth into.

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