De Leon ‘green jobs’ vow didn’t pan out for Obama, Brown

De Leon ‘green jobs’ vow didn’t pan out for Obama, Brown

green-kool-aidNew Senate President Kevin De Leon’s announcement Friday that creating a broad swath of “green jobs” would be a priority will be greeted with applause by greens in West L.A. and the Bay Area and on campus, but it will elicit disbelief among economists. Nearly a decade ago, the respected McKinsey consulting group said there was no reason to believe that green jobs would ever be more than a niche in the U.S. economy, and nothing has come along to undercut its analysis.

On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to create 5 million green jobs across the nation. Depending on how you define green jobs, he either did incredibly badly on this front — helping to create less  than 3,000 jobs — or quite badly — adding about 700,000 jobs after the passage of the 2009 stimulus.

But there’s a gigantic problem with the latter estimate: It counts all mass-transit and construction jobs as being green because the industries follow green principles. So bus drivers and ditch diggers are green employees.

As you probably suspected, the group that put out the report had a motive to put its thumb on the scale. It’s from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute,  “a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies.”

On the campaign trail in 2010, Jerry Brown promised to create 500,000 green jobs in California. A year later, The New York Times scoffed at his vow.

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. … 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….

The Economic Development Department in California reports that $59 million in state, federal and private money dedicated to green jobs training and apprenticeship has led to only 719 job placements — the equivalent of an $82,000 subsidy for each one.

In early 2013, California greens celebrated a report that said the Golden State led the nation in creation of green jobs in 2012 with 26,000. But that figure once again included categories of jobs like mass transit and construction — no surprise since the report didn’t come from a respected think tank but from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a de facto lobbying front for government-subsidized green projects.

And what do the think tanks say? The Brookings Institution, considered liberal to moderate, echoed McKinsey’s findings in its 2011 report, estimating that green jobs constitute about 2 percent of the total economy — and that too was with a definition that included many construction jobs. A twist to the Brookings report: It found there were fewer green jobs in Silicon Valley in 2010 than 2003.

So when the new leader of the California Senate talks up green jobs, he’s going down a well-trod path. If his promises come true, that will be a first.

As The New York Times noted in 2011, it’s just wrong to depict green jobs as emerging as a central pillar of the U.S. economy.

But it is a talking point that remains beloved among greens, if not among economists.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 October, 2014, 09:43

    Are ‘green jobs’ the same as Obolo’s ‘shovel-ready jobs’ or are they 2 separate failed programs?
    I guess an example of a ‘green job’ are those college kids with worthless sociology, psychology, minority studies, community organization degreed grads walking around the neighborhoods with clipboards in their hands asking people to buy their solar panels and convert from So. Cal Edison’s electricity to solar power. Hey, they gotta try to pay off those $60,000 student loans somehow! The problem is that for every new ‘green job’ a So. Cal Edison employees gets layed off. But since the So. Cal Edison employees are nothing but quasi-government workers with big fat pensions – maybe that isn’t such a bad thing afterall. The green worker movement might have some hidden value that I missed. Every cloud has a silver lining.

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    • T Ted E-- Mind of your Godhead Ted
      T Ted E-- Mind of your Godhead Ted 26 October, 2014, 20:37

      Hey Collapso

      Dis you notice that Chris Reed the writer here does not use slurs and race related word play to disrespect President Obama as you do?

      Is it lonely being so ignorant, or are you 12?

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 26 October, 2014, 22:22

        “Obolo” is not a racial slur, dummie. How many times do I have to tell you that? YOU are the one making it a racial slur, not me! I am simply using creative word play to expound on the similarities between Obola and Ebola. Both are dangerous, insidious, incompassionate and indiscriminatly leave tons of misery behind in their wake. Smoke some of that! 😀

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        • Ted t t ted
          Ted t t ted 27 October, 2014, 15:07

          Poor collapso have u forgotten all the stories u told?
          You said when u call someone a “tard” that it derived from “musTARD”
          Now you expect us to believe that there is no bad racial intent with your hilarious word play between a loathsome African disease and the first African American President in the greatest nation on earth?

          Are you 12?

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  2. fletch92131
    fletch92131 26 October, 2014, 10:39

    Just like in Spain, where every green job was accompanied by a loss of nine nongreen jobs, California will do no better!

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  3. DavidfromLosGatos
    DavidfromLosGatos 26 October, 2014, 11:59

    If nothing else, Obama’a speeches have been “shovel-ready” …

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 26 October, 2014, 12:41

    Mandates for upwards of 25% of State energy consumption to be Green…….25% legislative approved uncompetitive higher costs.

    Think on it. Once utilites realize cost does not matter….the other 75% of energy costs go to the moon!

    Big everything seems to be cleaning the little guys out-

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 26 October, 2014, 13:07

      We are becoming a society of door to door salespersons and pizza deliverers. It’s becoming ‘vogue’ to be poor. With time the majority will be ‘poor’. The gov will be forced to keep the ‘poor’ people happy to preclude a violent revolution, as ‘poor’ people have nothing to lose. So look for more ‘incentives’ to be poor in America. Easier access to public assistance, free medical, bigger food stamp allocations, more earned income credit, more subsidized housing, more rent controls, Obola cars for the ‘poor’, etc… The ones about to get screwed are the upper middle class taxpayers. Anyone who makes more than $100,000 a year. Yes, that will be considered ‘upper middle class’. They are going to get raped financially to support all the ‘poor’ people. Wait and see. The uber wealthy (the 1%) will make loads of money off the ‘poor’ people. If you have children it may be time to encourage them to be ‘poor’ when they grow up unless you think they are capable of breaking into the 1%. In that case, go for it. Just make sure they don’t end up in the $100,000 to $1M annual income bracket, as they will be walking ATM machines for the ‘poor’. 😉

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 26 October, 2014, 13:21

    But Ah!

    The silent flat tax of high energy costs ala carbon tax pass throughs is the latest example of getting the working poor to pay back those safety net benefits.

    Nothing is free really….betcha you find the globalists somehow come out on top…….as usual!

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 26 October, 2014, 19:00

      “Nothing is free really….betcha you find the globalists somehow come out on top…….as usual!”

      Call them what you want….the globalists, the oligarchs, the ruling class, the one-percenters….if they didn’t have the loyal support of the government and the politicians they wouldn’t own 85% of the global wealth. The legislators pass laws that give the ruling class monopoly powers and let them screw over the working class. And their powers have increased exponentially in the last 20 years, starting with Clinton.

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  6. Ted t hall
    Ted t hall 26 October, 2014, 14:48

    Poor colapso

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  7. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 26 October, 2014, 19:30

    Did you read that Jeb Bush is going to run in 2016? HAH! That’s all we need. Imagine a choice of either Hillary or Jeb on the ballot!!! HAH! One dynasty against another! What the hell happened to my country??? 🙂

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 27 October, 2014, 00:21

    Money talks louder than ElClipped-O.

    Jeb is the globalists’ main man…..Cheney will be back in his D.C. Bunker moving all the world wide neocon board pieces.

    But there is hope….you’re led to believe-

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  9. John Galt
    John Galt 27 October, 2014, 08:00

    The Green Movement is a tactic associated with the overall control of the means of production with the long term goal of government ownership/control of all business activities. It’s accompanied by political correctness which has been growing since the early 1900’s. In 2000, William S. Lind researched and wrote extensively on this. See

    For background on William S. Lind, MA, also see: and

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  10. Queeg
    Queeg 27 October, 2014, 09:44

    Thks for the ancient history lesson….when will we get a doomer that changes anything….and that Hope thingee too!

    Reply this comment
  11. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 27 October, 2014, 12:37

    Have you noticed that the campaign theme of most POTUS elections have been ‘hope and change’ for the last 40 years – with no change and little hope? But the peasant voters still cast their ballots. If the 2016 choice is Jeb vs. Hillary that will be the final straw for me. I will isolate myself from all news and political interests. I will live out the rest of my life in total worldly ignorance. I will make an honest effort not to know the name of the President. So when they take me to the ER and the doc asks me “Who is the POTUS?” I will answer “A member of the ruling class appointed by the oligarchs is out to fleece you”.

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    • Ted t t ted
      Ted t t ted 27 October, 2014, 15:13

      If trips to the e r end in the physician asking u who is the president?
      Then as I thought . U either have a head injury or you are a brick short of a load


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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 October, 2014, 20:07


    ……El colip-do has GPS, I hope…..the happy juice wagon is in route….a life of supervised meds awaits!

    Reply this comment
  13. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 November, 2015, 08:35

    Kind of like with this Eco-Tourism nonsense pushed by the Granola Munchers/Tree Huggers wanting us all to replace logging and farming with eco-tourism wellEco-Tourisms seasonal(Summer)and we cant count on a seasonal job ideas for all year round

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