There are more “green jobs” in the American coal and petroleum manufacturing sectors than there are in the solar and wind energy power generation sectors, according to data released Tuesday by the federal government.
President Barack Obama appears to be doubling down on his policies of using taxpayer money to finance green energy investments despite an increasingly spotty track record.
President Obama promised five million green energy jobs in 2008, but the actual number has fallen far short of that goal, Bloomberg reports.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants to extend a wind production tax credit that will benefit firms like Ingeteam, a Spain-based energy conglomerate.
Newly unearthed documents reveal that the failed solar firm Solyndra fired nearly 800 more employees than it previously reported when it filed for bankruptcy last summer.
The Daily Caller reports that the Obama administration uses a very broad definition when classifying the economy’s “green jobs.”
The Obama campaign has been caught exaggerating the number of jobs created by its auto subsidies, according to the Daily Caller.
A former top economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the clean energy firms that have received billions of stimulus dollars will not create many long term jobs.
Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and the Commerce Secretary have extensive ties to fast-tracked green energy programs under investigation by the Senate Budget Committee. Seven solar power companies have received quick approval and little scrutiny from the Department of Interior to lease federal lands in California and Nevada in no-bid processes.