From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Seattle's 'green jobs' program a bust
Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy – able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint – and the announcement came with great fanfare.
McGinn had joined Vice President Joe Biden in the White House to make it. It came on the eve of Earth Day. It had heady goals: creating 2,000 living-wage jobs in Seattle and retrofitting 2,000 homes in poorer neighborhoods.
But more than a year later, Seattle's numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative, and not the entry-level pathways once dreamed of for low-income workers. Some people wonder if the original goals are now achievable.
It still amazes me that these morons still believe in Unicorn Farts and Rainbows.
There is no Green Technology.
There will be no Green Renaissance.
There is no Green source of Energy that does not waste other resources to the point where watt per watt, it is more damaging to the environment than a Nuclear Reactor.
And yet our elected officials continue to toss Trillions of our own personal money (collected every mid-April) into these stupid ratholes.Posted by DaveH at August 16, 2011 10:16 PM