The failure of the “green jobs” scam is becoming so obvious that even the New York Times has noticed, with a story today headlined “Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises.” And even some Democrats are starting to notice! The whole “green jobs” enthusiasm is likely to go down in policy history as the energy/environment equivalent of the Great Society/War on Poverty/”Model Cities” social engineering of the 1960s.
If you’re interested in a thorough takedown of the whole subject, see the Cato Institute’s terrific book on the subject, The False Promise of Green Energy, written by Roger Meiners, Andrew Morriss, William Bogart, and Andrew Dorchak. Or if you are in the mood for a shorter treatment, see “Green Jobs: Fact or Fiction,” by Robert Michaels and Robert Murphy, from our good friends at the Institute for Energy Research. Meanwhile, my AEI partner in crime Ken Green has fisked the European green jobs experience (who better than someone named “Green” to look into green jobs?) and finds that even with their high energy taxes and uber-regulation, they can’t make it work either.
And now repeat after me: the only true “green” job is the kind where the “green” comes from a genuine profit-making enterprise.