Green Jobs, the New York Apollo Alliance, and State-Sanctioned Theft

People have debated the definition of a “green job” for a while. I have been skeptical about what really is a “green job,” but my eyes have been opened. According to the New York Apollo Alliance, a green job is one that is created in order to manufacture and install goods that are mandated by the government. Green jobs are created when a government enacts laws that require the private sector to spend money on “green” projects. Here is what I received in an email from the Apollo Alliance last week:

Dear friend:

Thursday, the New York State Senate is expected to vote on S.5888, the Green Jobs/Green NY bill.  This historic bill will result in 1 million new residential retrofits and thousands of new jobs.

Please contact your State Senator today and ask them to vote yes and that we look forward to working with them to implement the bill to ensure that the jobs that are created are good, green collar jobs.

So, by forcing the private sector to spend money on projects it does not deem to be profitable, green jobs are created. You might as well start breaking windows at all the storefronts to generate jobs.  But no, that would be too obvious. The New York Senate would rather disguise another government jobs program by labeling it “green”. It is really just another New York tax-and-welfare, smash-and-grab program that drives business and people from the Empire State. (As an aside, maybe the state nickname is appropriate.)
Check out what the NY State Senate website says about this bill.

Last night the Senate passed the grounbreaking (sic) Green Jobs/Green NY bill, a measure that will create thousands of jobs across the state and help hundreds of thousands of families and businesses from Montauk to Buffalo save up to a billion dollars annually in energy costs. The bill, which passed the Senate 52-8 and passed the Assembly unanimously, is a major step toward rebuilding New York’s crippled economy and rescuing the state’s energy consumers.

Senator Darrel J. Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent), chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee and lead sponsor of the bill said: “This program will create jobs, save consumers on their energy bills and help get our economy back on track. By passing the Green Jobs/Green New York Act today with bipartisan support we have taken an important step toward improving our economy and helping our environment. This bill encourages conservation, helps consumers with the cost of capital improvements to their homes and businesses, and creates jobs in the new economy. It’s a win-win for New York State, especially Upstate New York where a well-trained workforce will be in demand to keep the heat in and energy bills down every winter.”

So, you can rebuild an economy by forcefully taking property from private individuals and using it to pay for pet projects for the public good. Sounds very much like Atlas Shrugged to me. Who will stand up in New York and fight this stuff? Or will they all just leave? If no one, you can look forward to this coming to a state (and country) near you. And if it comes to the country in such large portions, where will the people go?

With a hat tip to Dr. Walter Williams,

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
— French economist, statesman and author Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)