President Obama and Harry Reid are touting green jobs as the saviorto our economic problems. Green jobs seem so important that Harry Reid personally closed two coal burning electric power plants in Northern Nevada.
Well, it seems like Obama and his administration and I am sure in colusion with Reid, have inflated job numbers for green jobs.
From Byron York of the Washington Examiner: Are you a financial adviser? You may not know it, but you've got a green job. Are you a wholesale buyer? You've got a green job, too. Or maybe you're a newspaper reporter. You, too, have a green job -- at least according to the Obama administration.
For months, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has been pushing the administration to substantiate its claims of having created nearly 200,000 green jobs. More fundamentally, Grassley has asked Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to state clearly what a green job is. So far, he hasn't gotten an answer.
Now, Grassley has learned that, in lieu of a settling on a straightforward definition of a green job, the administration has adopted an extraordinarily broad description of such jobs that could include not only financial advisers, wholesale buyers, and reporters, but also public relations specialists, marketing managers, and many more occupations that have nothing to do with protecting the environment.
If federal money has created any of those jobs, then the administration can claim to have created a green job.
Last June, Grassley sent Solis a letter questioning an administration request for public input on the definition of a green job. Grassley dryly noted that the request came after the government had already spent hundreds of millions of stimulus dollars on green jobs. Given that the administration couldn't nail down just what a green job is, Grassley asked Solis how she determined where those hundreds of millions of dollars went.Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obama-team-uses-flimflammery-to-inflate-job-numbers-976771-103672044.html#ixzz10PZ3nS00
I teach at a school that recycles paper, cardboard, platic and aluminum. Further, we conserve energy by reducing our electric costs. I guess we all have green jobs then, by Obama's standards.
So, Harry Reid, how many green jobs have been created in Nevada?