The Government pays $230,000 for Green Jobs Website that won’t list any Green Jobs

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 4th, 2011

Week in Review

If you want to look for green jobs on the Internet, don’t go to this government website (see A $230,000 Taxpayer-Funded ‘Green Jobs’ Website, but No Jobs Listed by Mike Brownfield posted 12/2/2011 on The Foundry).

How’s this for a waste of taxpayer money? According to Energy& Environment News, the Department of Energy is paying $230,000 for a website to promote career paths in the green energy sector–and it has, ironically, prohibited the listing of actual jobs in the industry.

Could it be that the administration doesn’t a website listing green jobs because there are so few jobs to list?  Or perhaps they don’t want to list any green jobs because you can trace most of them back to government funding.  Because the free market economy isn’t hiring.  Because no one is buying what these green industries are selling.  Unless they have massive government subsidies.

It probably shouldn’t be surprising that a “green jobs website” doesn’t actually list any green jobs. After all, President Barack Obama’s green dream has proven to be a bust. The President made green jobs a centerpiece of his Administration, and he hailed them as the future of this U.S. economy. The trouble is, those jobs didn’t materialize, despite a massive infusion of federal spending–including billions in the 2009 stimulus bill.

Even The New York Times wrote, ”federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed” and Obama’s goal of creating 5 million new green jobs within 10 years is a “pipe dream.”

Maybe the Obama Administration is operating under “The Field of Dreams” theory — if they build a website, the jobs will come. A better strategy would be to get the federal government out of the way and let the free market thrive instead of spending taxpayer money on quarter-million-dollar PR projects.

I guess it’s a little of everything.

Based on this failure of the green agenda I’m not sure why they would even want a green website.  Unless that $230,000 was used to repay a campaign donor or something.  I mean, let’s face it, you don’t need to spend $230,000 for a static website.


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