Five Million Missing Jobs Haunt Obama’s State of the Union Address

by Hans Bader on January 23, 2012

in Blog, Politics

In his upcoming State of the Union Address, President Obama will push for more green-jobs subsidies at taxpayer expense in the name of job creation: “With a Solyndra-scandal-be-damned attitude, President Obama is expected to revive his push for new green fuel sources in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, claiming that they will boost jobs.”  But these impractical proposals are haunted by the utter failure of Obama’s existing green-energy programs to produce economically-viable jobs or fuel.

There are only 140,000 jobs in the whole renewable-energy sector, which illustrates the absurdity of Obama’s unrealistic 2008 promise “to create 5 million new green jobs.” Most of America’s existing green jobs predate the Obama Administration, which did not create them: “from 2003-2010, the rate of growth for clean jobs was 3.4 percent.”  By contrast, Obama wiped out 20,000 jobs recently just by blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, and recent EPA rules will wipe out at least 800,000 more.

More job losses are yet to come: in 2008, President Obama admitted that under his greenhouse gas regulations, people’s utility bills would “skyrocket,” and coal-fired power plants would go “bankrupt.”  That will wipe out vast numbers of jobs in the energy sector.

Far from creating jobs, Obama’s green-energy policies have actually reduced employment in the United States by diverting American dollars to foreign firms.  The Obama Administration used federal green-jobs money to outsource American jobs to countries like China: “Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop” at American University.   “79 percent” of all green-jobs funding “went to companies based overseas,” with the largest payment going to a bankrupt Australian company.  “Most of the jobs are going overseas,” said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Meanwhile, America actually lost jobs in wind-manufacturing: “Even with the infusion of so much stimulus money, a recent report by American Wind Energy Association showed a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs last year.”  (CBS News recently reported that there are 11 more companies, in addition to Solyndra, that are embroiled in financial trouble after receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money; five have already filed for bankruptcy).  Moreover, the EPA’s own internal documents show that the administration’s global warming regulations will result in a massive “loss of steel, paper, aluminum, chemical, and cement manufacturing jobs.”

Obama’s mythical green-jobs are like other imaginary jobs he claimed to have created with the $800 billion stimulus package.  The Obama Administration took credit for jobs created in 440 non-existent Congressional districts, such as Arizona’s 15th and 86th districts (Arizona only had 8 Congressional districts, as ABC News noted with amusement).  The Washington Examiner noted that at least “75,000 jobs” Obama has claimed credit for are “clearly imaginary” or “highly doubtful.” Readers can view its interactive map of “Inflated Jobs by State.

The Obama Administration claimed that the stimulus package would keep unemployment from ever rising above 8 percent, but it peaked at over 10 percent.  Obama claimed the stimulus was needed to prevent an “irreversible decline,” but the Congressional Budget Office admits that the stimulus package will shrink the economy “in the long run.”

Obama’s green-jobs pledge isn’t his only broken promise.  Obama campaigned in 2008 on a promise of a “net spending cut,” but soon after taking office, he proposed budgets that would add $4.8 trillion to the national debt.

citizen2000 January 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I hope that Obama gets serious about dealing with China. If it is China’s investment in companies like Devon Energy in order to get access to their “fracking” methods, or requiring American companies to have Chinese partners who steal their technology, or currency manipulation to gain an unfair trade advantage or any other of their various tactics to steal our technology or downgrade our economy, it is time to start competing on our terms not theirs. Americans can be very competitive if the playing field is level. It is time for Obama to insist on that level playing field and put some teeth into it. Read more at

cb January 24, 2012 at 5:14 am

I am so sick and tired of “I hope that Obama gets serious about X”.

Obama is a hard-core Leftist. What he does, he does with INTENT.

Kindly stop being stupid.

neal churchill January 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Barrack Hussain Obama aka Barry Sotero is trying to kill our Republic. Trying with all of his might to kill it.

Every decision that he makes is carefully planned to inflict maximum damage to the economy, or to foreign relations, or to race, or to class, or to opportunity. Everything. He has no positive accomplishments if one is to gauge him against working for the common defense, general welfare, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, etc.

This man is a traitorous Marxist. His father was a Marxist, his step-father was a Marxist. His mentors were Marxists. He was raised by Marxists, taught by Marxists. Marxism is absolutely incompatible with a free enterprise economy and a Constitutional Republic. Oil and water. Gasoline and matches.

Now, 2012 is 1860 all over again. If Obama is reelected, this nation will cease to exist as presently constituted. We have traveled too far down the road to fiscal Armageddon to accept anything but an abrupt about face and forced march to the rear. The Federal Government must be stopped from its insane behavior and returned to its intended role within its Constitutional limits.

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