Some believe that so-called Green jobs are the answer to America’s economic woes. But if recent news from Seattle is any indication, Green jobs are turning out to be a big bust. One federal grant to Seattle for $20 million for weatherization promised 2,000 living wage jobs. But more than a year later, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that only 14 new jobs came from the program, and most were administrative. When you combine that with news from Nevada that a federal stimulus grant of nearly 500 grand to grow trees in urban areas created one full time job, and a whopping 11 short-term project ones, it seems like Green jobs won’t be taking folks off the unemployment line anytime soon.
April 5, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.