Since 2009, approximately $501M of the $595M (or 84.2%) of the taxpayers' money that Congress appropriated or allocated for "green jobs" went toward training and support services not jobs. This according to the Government Accountability Office.
What, then, about the number of green jobs created?
About 158k between 2010 and 2011. This according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Moreover, of those approximately 158k jobs, 102k were construction jobs, mandated by the government by changing regulations concerning the energy efficiency of construction materials.
Many argue that these jobs benefit the workers as well as those whose wages rise with the increased market competition for their labor. However, those who land these green jobs are no longer available for jobs elsewhere. This movement toward green jobs causes scarcity in other sectors of the labor force which, in turn, causes wages to rise in the overall labor marketplace. Yes, wages rise, but at an increased cost to the taxpayers for most goods and services.
According to Benjamin Zycher in his article appearing in The American:
In short, an expanding "green" sector must be accompanied by a decline in other sectors, whether relative or absolute, and creation of "green jobs" must be accompanied by destruction of jobs elsewhere. At best, the BLS count of green employment is a gross figure that ignores the larger employment effects of government "green" policies.
All of this has increased the cost of labor to the taxpayers needlessly.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Benjamin Zycher's article in The American, click on the following link:
"A Fascinating Report from the Government Accountability Office."