There was a “green jobs” debate on Capitol Hill today, and the Labor Secretary was playing the part of carbon-neutral jester quite effectively:

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis admitted Thursday morning during a congressional hearing that she and the Obama administration believe driving a bus that happens to run on “clean energy” should count as a “green job.”

Florida Republican Rep. Connie Mack, questioning Solis during a House oversight committee hearing about why she and the Obama administration consider a man driving a “clean energy” bus to have a “green job,” pushed her on the absurdity of her argument. “Driving a bus is driving a bus, right?” Mack asked her. “I mean, you turn the wheel, you push the gas, you use the brake?”

Because the vehicles run on “clean energy,” Solis and the Obama administration classify the jobs of their drivers as “green jobs.”

Here’s where it got dumb(er):

Reflecting on whether information Solis provided the committee was accurate, Mack said, “I don’t think it is. Driving a bus just because it’s hybrid doesn’t make it a ‘green job.’”

Solis argued back with Mack. “Mr. Congressman, would you rather have that person unemployed,” she said, raising her voice and talking over Mack. “And the taxpayers would have to pay for that person who’s now paying taxes?”

Hahahahahahahaha! Sorry, where was I?

In order to win the argument, the greenies have to pretend that if it’s not called a “green” job, there’s no job at all, when in fact the worker in question would just go from being a “green bus driver” to a “bus driver” — provided there was a demand for a bus driver in the first place.

If there is a need for a bus driver (i.e. passengers wanting to be driven from one place to another), it doesn’t matter if the bus runs on diesel fuel or kumquats — somebody still has to take the wheel because there’s a demand for the service.

In the Hilda Solis fantasy-land hypothetical, people only ride the bus because it’s “green,” but it might come as a complete shock to her to learn that in the real world people actually ride the bus to get from point A to point B.

Solis just admitted that these “green jobs” are make-work, economically unsustainable BS — super-expensive buses to nowhere, ridden by noone, with unions getting the money and taxpayers taken for a ride.

Comments

15 Responses to “Labor Secretary Demonstrates the Absurdity of the Administration’s All-or-Nothing ‘Green Job’ Philosophy”

  1. Dexter_Alarius on September 22nd, 2011 6:07 pm

    Doug, my project to develop a bus that runs on kumquats is hyper-secret!
    How did you find out?!

  2. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2011 6:14 pm

    If going green weren`t stupid enough, the US had to model its green plan after Spain`s, which after 25+ years, still isn`t sustainable and must still be subsidized ! AND the unenjoyment rate is something above 20% ! (Right ?)

  3. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2011 6:18 pm

    Did anyone else see where Albore claimed to have had over 8 million viewers of his 24 hr rant but, the real number is more like 17,000 ? Too funny !

    Lying tool !

  4. Doug on September 22nd, 2011 6:22 pm

    It's the same "estimate vs. ultimate reality" ratio Team Obama uses to predict how many jobs their initiatives will create.

  5. Doug on September 22nd, 2011 6:24 pm

    Sorry, I was looking for Jane Fonda's vegetable oil bus and just happened upon yours…
    http://www.wsbtv.com/entertainment/4765886/detail

  6. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2011 6:44 pm

    It`s so much like NC`s "Education Lottery" modeled after SC`s. It`s corrupt to the bone, full of graft and has never, nor can it ever (especially in this econ. environment), meet its promised funding levels. The voters twice said NO to a lottery, it was promised to be "supplemental" to regular school funding, but of course it is now the sole source of funding (hence the budget shortfalls).

    I won`t bore you with the full, extremely convoluted story; I`ll just finish with, yes, some folks are serving time !

  7. Granny55 on September 22nd, 2011 7:02 pm

    I almost stunned at the stupidity of this administration and the likes of the Elizabeth Warren's (prior post) who spew this stuff and thinks the general public actually believes them! They had better get used to the fact that many people are on to their scams and socialist utopia plans and it ain't sittin well with them and THEY vote. Yes, I know, the hippies and elites think all of this is so cool but I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel with democrats who are coming around to our way of thinking and going WTF!!!!

  8. Truesoldier on September 22nd, 2011 7:06 pm

    the greenies have to pretend that if it’s not called a “green” job, there’s no job at all, when in fact the worker in question would just go from being a “green bus driver” to a “bus driver”

    Or as the case is more often than not with these "green jobs" the bus driver suddenly became a "green bus driver".

    Then again why is she calling the driver a "green" bus driver. What a racist. No wonder Krugman says we should be gearing up against an attack by space aliens!

  9. Pasadena Phil on September 22nd, 2011 11:14 pm

    This is actually good news for bus drivers who drive buses that run on fossil fuel. They can continue to collect their regular pay and claim unemployment insurance since they don't have a job. Not really. Only green jobs count as jobs.

  10. Joe Redfield on September 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm

    You expect Hero of the Working Class Obama's Labor Secretary to know what a job is? That's what I call extreme optimism.

  11. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2011 12:21 am

    Granny,

    Warren ( like a lot of Progs ) gained initial traction by "being a spokesperson for the little guy". If you look at some of her earlier statements in terms of the ( rampantly out of control financial sector! ) they actually made sense!

    No one has been more vocal about the abuses of the mortgage lenders ( that they ever had anything "at risk" ) than myself! Think about it, 30 years to pay off a 'house'? Not a 160 acre farm, a house!

    She was an early 'hero' to us bubble bloggers. Then… her true colors begin to show thru! Long gone are the sensical statements and… roll out the agenda!

  12. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2011 12:56 am

    This topic always reminds me of one of my favorite movies. The Longest Hundred Miles w/ Doug McClure and Ricardo Montalban. Set in the Philippines in WWII they guide a group of church orphans thru a war torn countryside.

    Much of it in a jeep powered by "tuba" ( coconut wine ) Perfectly dreadful stuff and after you PUKE for the first time ( or two ) it's relatively 'smooth' sailing. Filipinos can and HAVE used it IN emergency situations. But remember the food shortages caused by the Palm Oil Mania just a YEAR ago!?

    Yes, you'll turn 'green' too.

  13. backwoods on September 23rd, 2011 1:39 am

    The greenies want to water my gasoline down with ethanol, and I suppose growing the corn to produce it is considered a "green" job. But they also try to eliminate the use of paper products, ignoring the fact that forests are grown, managed, harvested, and regrown to produce trees for pulpwood. Trees are a crop just like corn, only with a longer timeline. Somehow growing trees to make products people actually want to buy isn't "green" enough for them.

  14. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2011 11:41 pm

    Eeewwww !

  15. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2011 11:51 pm

    Greenies aren`t really interested in saving gasoline, they`re after the food supply. Control the food supply, you can more easily control the people ! Evidence; switchgrass produces more ethanol with less water and less labor than corn and therefore, far less cost. If I`m not mistaken, the ethanol from switchgrass also produces more BTUs.

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