Did Obama really create 2.7 million jobs in clean energy?
Obama’s clean energy attack ad is below.
The voiceover says,
… while independent watchdogs call this President’s record on ethics unprecedented and America’s clean energy industry, 2.7 mllion jobs and expanding rapidly…
So the ad glibly gives the impression that Obama created 2.7 million jobs. Not so.
The though the ad sources the Brookings Institution for the 2.7 million jobs figure, Brookings actually stated,
The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. Though modest in size, the clean economy employs more workers than the fossil fuel industry and bulks larger than bioscience but remains smaller than the IT-producing sectors…
The clean economy grew more slowly in aggregate than the national economy between 2003 and 2010, but newer “cleantech” segments produced explosive job gains and the clean economy outperformed the nation during the recession. Overall, today’s clean economy establishments added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010, expanding at an annual rate of 3.4 percent. This performance lagged the growth in the national economy, which grew by 4.2 percent annually over the period (if job losses from establishment closings are omitted to make the data comparable)…
So only 500,000 jobs were created during 2003-2010. But Obama didn’t become President until 2009. That means only about 125,000 jobs were created during 2009-2010 — that’s about 4.6% of what Obama’s ad implies.
Also note that “clean energy” jobs lagged growth of non-clean energy jobs.
Not only do we need to drill offshore, we need to drill wherever we have oil resources. It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve heard, “it would take ten years for ANWR to come online”. We also should be working with shale conversion which is what they do in Canada, we have a bazillion tons.
Listen to Paul Ryan in the above video. All those millions of barrells that are off limits. Does this make any kind of sense?!
It’s been almost four decades since we’ve built a refinery.
It’s just a fact, alternative energy is not ready for prime time.
We have stopped taking advantage of our own resources. What we’ve essentially done is leave the bulk of production to third world countries and countries that don’t necessarily like us. We do this in the name of the environment.
That’s the biggest pile of horse manure I’ve ever heard. You think those countries care more than we do about the environment. Do you think Russia, Venezuela, Africa, etc. will produce oil in a more environmentally safe we than the U.S. Give me a break. But that’s who we’ve left it to.
The time to get this country back on track producing goods and creating jobs was years ago and each passing day it becomes more critical.
The President gives a speech tonight where he will be bringing us up to date on the status of the Gulf oil spill progress.
I haven’t much time now and will be writing more about this later so this is just a heads-up for you to listen carefully on how the crafty crafts his words toward an energy policy.
Let’s see if he brings his politics of energy reform into this “progress report”, I hope not but this is such a perfect crises to not let go to waste.
If cap and trade, a big part of the energy policy, is put into effect I believe it will be the end game for the U.S. economy.
Let us listen carefully tonight.
And know this:
The government forced oil companies to drill in deep water. Areas on land or more shallow water where oil could be extracted safely were off-limits. Because we need oil the government had to reassure the oil companies and so government set a 75 million dollar cap on liabilities for the oil companies. And you can see with Obama’s “ass-kicking” and blame how this agreement is being honored. I’m not saying BP shouldn’t take responsibility but to not share in blame and to go back on your word with the self-righteousness displayed by this administration is just vulgar.