By Ed Morrissey
When Barack Obama spoke of â€œnecessarily bankruptingâ€ coal-fueled electricity producers, he claimed that the explosion in â€œgreen jobsâ€ would replace the workers dislocated by penalizing fossil fuels.Â So far, though, there is little evidence of any explosion in green jobs, or even significant job creation at all.Â As Politico reports, the Obama administration is having to fall back on â€œsaved and createdâ€ language to describe its big investment in the green-collar field:
President Barack Obama heads to an energy plant in North Carolina on Monday to talk once again about the job-creating power of a green economy.
The catch? Nearly three years into Obamaâ€™s presidency, the White House canâ€™t point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting.
Monthly Labor Department employment reports say nothing about the new clean energy workforce, while an effort to document how many Americans actually make a living in the â€œgreen collarâ€ field may not be done by November 2012.
Obamaâ€™s Council of Economic Advisers suggests 225,000 clean energy jobs were either created or preserved through the third quarter of 2010 thanks to more than $80 billion in the economic stimulus package. But those are estimates at best.
At $80 billion, that would mean a cost of $355,555.56 of public subsidy per job created â€¦ or â€œsaved.â€Â At best, as Politico states.