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I am Jack’s Total Lack of Surprise That “Green Jobs” Are a Scam

Posted on January 15 2011 8:00 am
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.
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To quote Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.”

So-called “green jobs” don’t really help the economy? Color me shocked!

Yet, progressives such as President Obama and his allies have been telling us that the key to economic recovery is inventing in environmentalist-friendly businesses such as solar power panel plants, wind-power turbine manufacturing plants, and the like.

In March, Dr. Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at Juan Carlos University-Madrid, released a study that found that his country’s green jobs initiative, cited by President Obama as a model for America, resulted in nine jobs lost for every four “green” jobs created by the government’s environmentalist cheerleading in the economy, a predictable result of the subsidization of politically popular causes that the market doesn’t want any business with.

Well, here comes another data point in the trendline labeled “Green Jobs Are Useless”: after $56 million dollars worth of corporate welfare for—I mean, investment in—solar panel manufacturer Evergreen Solar, Inc., the state, and ultimately, the taxpayers of Massachusetts were just left holding the bag for $54 million of that “investment.”

In a move that should surprise no one except starry-eyed progressives, Evergreen Solar announced that it was laying off over 800 “green-collar workers” at its Devens, MA plant, backing out of its grant agreements with the State of Massachusetts, and gearing up to set up a new green factory in Red China.

Evergreen Solar company spokesman Chris Lawson claimed that, due to the nature of the company’s agreements, it will only have to pay back $4 million in green-jobs loans, or just over 7% of the free taxpayer money that Massachusetts gave the company.

In other words, not only do Massachusetts voters get left looking like gullible naives for voting  for the kind pro-corporate welfare progressives who’d enter into suckers’ agreements with companies such as Evergreen Solar—they also get left at the table with the bill as “green jobs” hucksters take their money and run.

This kind of sucker’s bargain is struck by progressive governors and lawmakers across the nation, which leads one to wonder if progressives are completely immune to the overwhelming stench of irony that everyone else smells when this sort of thing happens ad infinitum, ad nauseum, every time one of them gets anywhere near the reins of power.

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