The Wall Street Journal today details a new report by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Inspector General, which found that $162.8 million spent to "train and prepare individuals for careers in green jobs” enabled just 8,035 Americans to find jobs, of whom "only 1,033 were still in the job after six months."
It comes to a staggering $157,000 per green job, and here’s the clincher:
“The jobs record is even more dismal when you consider that many of the jobs . . . include positions that have been ‘relabeled as green jobs’ by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that bus drivers, Environmental Protection Agency regulators, university professors teaching ecology, and even the Washington lobbyists who secure energy loan guarantees count as green employees for the purposes of government counting."
Who knew those crony capitalist lobbyists seeking more taxpayer loot were actually “saving the planet.” One pair of Gucci loafers at a time.