CA, US green-job campaign promises fall far short

CA, US green-job campaign promises fall far short

green-kool-aidIn 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on the promise that he would get the economy out of the Great Recession with a recovery plan built on green jobs. He promised 5 million such jobs would be created across the U.S., and with the passage of the $880 billion stimulus plan by Congress in early 2009, he in theory had the ability to make it happen.

In 2010, Jerry Brown ran for governor of California on the promise that he would help the state’s struggling economy with a recovery plan built on green jobs. He promised 500,000 such jobs would be created in California and that the state would work in sync with the Obama administration and private investors on green projects and initiatives.

In 2014, Obama and Brown never bring up these promises because they haven’t come close to being met.

In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced a plan to carefully track the growth in green jobs. Very tellingly, however, it has never updated its initial information that estimated there were 2.15 million green jobs in the U.S. as of 2009. That number was itself highly suspect; 1.6 million of those jobs were for construction and professional/business services under a definition that defined a job as a “green” job even if it only involved “green” projects or services a small percentage of the time.

The actual hard numbers since then are grim. The Energy Collective website — which cheers all things “green”– reported in May that in the first quarter of 2014, only 5,600 clean energy and transportation jobs were created in the entire U.S. Numbers were better in 2013, but they still reflected the McKinsey think thank’s prediction of a decade ago that green jobs would never be more than a “niche” in overall jobs, not a pillar.

This is confirmed once again by a source that’s a cheerleader for green jobs: the Solar Foundation. Its “Solar Jobs Census” reports 142,698 such jobs nationally as of November 2013 — and this after solar energy’s best year ever, thanks to a drop in the cost of solar panels and some increases in efficiency. California had 47,223 such jobs in 2013.

So national figures for green-job growth have not even reached what Jerry Brown predicted for California alone, making his 2010 campaign promise an absolute crock.

I look forward to this being pointed out someday by the Sacramento media.



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  1. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 5 July, 2014, 22:58


    Your ilk sound like children…..waaaaaaa…..he “promised us”….waaaaaaa…… I think I will call the waaaaaaambulance for ya little buddy!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 6 July, 2014, 07:04

      Ted, try to use a little logic and reason when you post! We all know your only concern is to keep the trough flowing for your RAGWUS feeding pension, at least argue why you deserve five to ten times what a private sector citizen receives and you get it at 50 years of age instead of 66 years. But you come across like a second grader pulling on a little girls hair, no substance, no maturity, you are the best example for cutting all RAGWUS feeders to no more than $40,000 a year. 🙂

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      • Ted Steele, Editor
        Ted Steele, Editor 11 July, 2014, 22:30

        Duncey Girl–

        Is your angher about gov workers and LE because of your son’s employment ant the anger you have about that? Or is your son a RGASS trough feeder?

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 6 July, 2014, 10:47

    More propaganda…..never ends from Bagdad Donkey!

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 6 July, 2014, 15:48

    Trolls like Ted and Ulyssses NEVER use facts, let alone sourced facts, in their pathetic “rebuttals.” Their posts are devoid of substance.

    Indeed, how could they do otherwise? They know nothing, they have nothing of value to contribute, they are — well — trolls. Usually “public servant” trolls.

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  4. Bill O'Rights
    Bill O'Rights 7 July, 2014, 06:33

    As I see it, the point here is the promises of politicians that had given rays of hope to the citizens, but is found to be campaign rhetoric (B.S.). The idea that honor includes handshakes and promises, is no longer. In todays politics a “public servant” can and will say nearly anything to promote an agenda, or is it personal gain? Occasionally, the public should be reminded of these false promises to properly evaluate the performance of those we have elected and the reason we cast our valued vote towards them.

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  5. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 7 July, 2014, 06:35

    LOL Richy–

    I’ve posted many longer well sourced comments when required– here— only a bit o sarcasm is required. The whining by the ultra right is my point.

    YOU sir may want to get in the Waaaaaaambulance as well!

    Have a nice day!

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 7 July, 2014, 21:44

    Teddy….Richard is a well known poster on California good, bad, ugly. He is interesting and not a hopeless Bagdad Bob….surprised he leveled us so cruely!

    Once we were pithy and fair and balanced, but doomer troll posters made us stray to levity, for these articles and posts drone on relentlessly.


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  7. Ted Steele, Editor
    Ted Steele, Editor 8 July, 2014, 06:24

    True that Mr. U….maybe Richy is in a bad mood. I love all the doomers.

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