Hey, let’s “green” the entire economy!

Fox News:

A green jobs program in one of America’s greenest cities is being called a bust 16 months after a $20 million federal grant to weatherize homes in Seattle ended up putting just 14 people to work in mostly administrative jobs and upgrading only three homes in the area.

“The jobs are not there,” Todd Myers, who wrote the book “Eco Fads,” told Fox News. “So we’re training people for jobs that don’t exist.”

Seattle is not alone. The Department of Energy has allocated $508 million to 41 states for its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and 600 jobs have been created or retained.

Money quote (literally) from Seattle’s Mayor:

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it’s too early to declare the program a failure.

“We may have to adjust how we market it and the incentives we provide,” McGinn said. “Nobody has really cracked the green jobs code.”

That code was cracked a long time ago: It’s a scam!

And expect more of the same from Obama’s next “jobs plan.” Although I fully expect that “plan” to be so ridiculous that it’ll never get through the House. That way Obama can use the “I tried to fix the economy but the Republicans wouldn’t let me” angle on the campaign trail, even though rapidly diminishing numbers of people are buying that one.

Comments

8 Responses to “Your Tax Dollars at Work: Seattle Spends $1.4 Million Per ‘Green Job’”

  1. SignPainterGuy on August 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    The code was cracked a long time ago: 'It`s a scam !' "

    Nothing else needs to be said !

  2. Hyperfobea on August 30th, 2011 2:45 pm

    "Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it’s too early to declare the program a failure."

    Why admit failure? Wait until the GOP takes over and calls it a failure and then simply say that Republicans hate the environment.

  3. Granny55 on August 30th, 2011 3:06 pm

    How spot on Hyper! The wasted taxpayer dollars means nothing to them.

  4. Dexter_Alarius on August 30th, 2011 3:25 pm

    It's obviously a failure because they didn't spend enough money! ~Keynesanista

  5. Marshall_Will on August 30th, 2011 3:47 pm

    Want a REAL laugh? This is the [one] thing they proposed that actually MAY have made sense!? Getting Unenjoyed ( largely MALES ) to man caulking guns!

    Sh!t, 'I' do it every fall. ( Reminds me… ) Here's a ladder ( borrowed from our Maint. Dept. ) some tubes of goo, rolls of weather stripping and the addresses that applied for it. Write down your Hours & Mileage and Lunch is from 12 to 12:30.

    Sheesh. This wasn't rocket surgery guys and they still managed to e'f it up. Now the only thing more drafty is OJP Part Deux.

  6. Truesoldier on August 30th, 2011 5:09 pm

    "Wait until the GOP takes over "

    Never happen in the People's Republic of Seattle. Besides Mayor McGinn is hoping that the next project will be to add insulation to his bicycle seat.

  7. Michelle Malkin » Tip of the ‘Jobs Plan’ Iceberg Arrives: More Regulations on August 30th, 2011 6:37 pm

    [...] and screaming into “clean energy,” which of course creates “green jobs” by the dozen at just a fraction of the cost of, say, wasting a hundred times more money. Sheriff Joe Biden spoke [...]

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