Labor Secretary Demonstrates the Absurdity of the Administration’s All-or-Nothing ‘Green Job’ Philosophy

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.

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