Newsweep: Obama's Green Czar Drowns in Red Ink

Mark Steyn quote of the day:

 “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” And that’s true. But there’s an intermediate stage: A government big enough to give you everything you want isn’t big enough to get you to give any of it back. More here>>

6a00e008c6b4e588340115710e770f970c-320piWhat Green Jobs?

Washington is spending $60 billion to create the careers of the future, but not a single green job yet exists. Obama’s ‘green czar’ explains. 

But first: Obama’s “Green Czar” Proudly Admits He’s a Member of San Francisco Communist Organization…. Even better: He became a red hot commie while in jail….

 Green Jobs Czar not sure what “green jobs” are/Good to know “experts” like that are responsible for spending billions in taxpayer money.

President Obama devoted nearly $60 billion of his stimulus package to building a new green-based economy rich in renewable energy and strategies to cut carbon. But despite the price tag, not one green job yet exists. It comes down to a problem of etymology. No one can yet agree on what a green job actually is. The working definition paints a broad stroke: a job that’s good for the economy while simultaneously healing the earth. But that leaves lots open to interpretation—natural gas is technically a cleaner fuel than crude oil, but it’s still unsustainable—making it difficult, if not impossible, to measure whether eco-based jobs are being created and whether, as the administration has claimed, they’re the saviors of a sagging economy.

Australia’s KRudd goes dysentery green, too:


Give those sacked workers a few green collars

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, July 30, 09 

Never mind the thousands of jobs Kevin Rudd will kill in mining and manufacturing with his insane mega-taxing emissions trading scheme. He’s announced at the Labor conference today that he’ll make up the loss – well, some of it:

The climate change sceptics constantly scaremonger about the possible loss of jobs through the transition to a lower carbon economy. But they constantly fail to talk about the new clean energy jobs of the future which will arise from the introduction of the carbon pollution reduction scheme, the renewable energy target and energy efficiency measures in the future.

So what are those jobs, and how much will they earn us?

Um, well, first of all they’ll actually cost us money instead:

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has unveiled a $100 million plan to create 50,000 green jobs and training opportunities.

Hmm. That’s not a promising start. But, OK, maybe these “green jobs” will still turn out to be real jobs, after a while, involving the making of real things, right?


The plan will consist of the creation of a 10,000-member national Green Jobs Corps, where long-term young jobless will take part in six months of training and work experience.

So not real jobs, then, but just a bit of training for the jobless. So what else has Rudd got?

Labor plans that 30,000 apprentices will be trained with green skills, while there will be an additional 4,000 training places for insulation installers.

So apprentices will get some “green skills”, whatever they are, but not the extra green jobs to go with them – so this promise doesn’t count, either. But, yes, there may indeed be 4000 more training places for roofing insulation installers – who need a day or so of instruction on how to lay the free pink batts the government will hand out for a short while. But still there’s no long-term, real jobs in this $100 million Rudd is now promising.

Anything else?

There will also be another 6,000 jobs from environmental sustainability programs in priority local economies.

Huh? What exactly are these jobs, and why do they sound like ones that will actually cost taxpayers, not earn their own way?

So let’s rewrite Rudd’s promise to remove the spin and deceit:

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has unveiled a $100 million plan to create 6000 green jobs, mostly needing future taxpayer support, plus a little green training.

And this is supposed to offset the effects of his job-killing ETS, like this one:

The CPRS scheme will shed 23,510 jobs in the minerals sector by 2020 and more than 66,000 by 2030. These are direct jobs. All minerals sectors will be affected… No state, or the Northern Territory, will be spared… :

And this, as estimated by the Energy Supply Association:

However, even with a 5 per cent reduction in 2000 level emissions at 2020, a number of power stations will need to close while others will need to substantially reduce their production to meet this target.

Think Rudd’s “green jobs” will balance that kind of economic devastation?