In 2009, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $490,000 of stimulus money to Nevada’s Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project, aimed at revitalizing urban neighborhoods in the county with trees, plants, and green-industry training.
According to Recovery.gov, the U.S. government’s official website related to Recovery Act spending, the project created 1.72 permanent jobs. In addition, the Nevada state Division of Forestry reported the federal grant generated one full-time temporary job and 11 short-term project-oriented jobs.
Of course, if you’re a “progressive,” this is a perfectly acceptable rate of return. Surprisingly, however, the New York Times decided to wake up and smell the coffee on this ridiculous farce…
The fact that President Obama’s “green jobs” campaign has been an enormously expensive failure is now so glaringly obvious even the New York Times can’t ignore it any longer.
In a surprisingly candid article headlined “Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises,” the Times’ Aaron Glantz reports that “federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show,” and that Obama’s goal of 5 million new green jobs in 10 years is a “pipe dream.”
Glantz notes, for example, that Obama’s much-heralded weatherization program “never caught on.”
California still has spent only about half its $186 million in federal weatherization funds, creating a grand total of 538 full-time jobs. He also points to the $59 million spent in California on green job training that resulted in just 719 placements.
This is Obama’s concept of “stimulating” the economy with a “laser-like focus” on job creation.
Here’s a suggestion for a few months down the road, when bureaucrats want to raise the debt ceiling higher still because they can’t think of any spending to cut. Search for anything the government does that is described with the words “green” or “stimulus” and pull the plug on it immediately. With the savings we could pay off the Chinese and colonize Mars, without sacrificing anything of any value whatsoever.