Bargain: $9 Billion in Solar/Wind Project Stimulus Resulted in 910 Direct, Long-Term Jobs

Expect the eco-shammers’ response to this to follow their usual excuse methodology: Justify the original expenditure by wildly exaggerating the number of jobs that will be created, and then when that number is proven to have been totally fabricated, respond “well, this is really about cleaner energy and saving the world from global warming, and these programs help accomplish that”:

The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs — annual operation and maintenance positions — meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.

At the same time, those green energy projects also created, in the end, about 4,600 “indirect” jobs – positions indirectly supported by the annual operation and maintenance jobs — which means they cost about $1.9 million each ($9 billion divided by 4,600).

Combined (910 + 4,600 = 5,510), the direct and indirect jobs cost, on average, about $1.63 million each to produce.

For that amount of money the government could have sent 360,000 Americans each checks for $25,000. But they might not be Obama cronies so there’s a chance that expenditure would have been considered a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Author: Doug Powers

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