Guess what? Yours truly has a ‘green job’

Let’s see: I was hired by the AJC a few months after the stimulus was signed into law, and I’m a journalist. According to the Obama administration, that means I have a “green job”!

Back in June, I linked to a story on a senator’s skepticism about stimulus money and “green job” creation. Here’s an update, courtesy of the Washington Examiner’s Byron York:

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.

The Labor Department directed Grassley to a project called the Occupational Information Network, or O*NET.

So Grassley’s staff checked out O*NET and found extensive listings of jobs that could be classified, for government purposes, as “green.” The list includes: “arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators,” “financial analysts,” “financial quantitative analysts,” “investment underwriters,” “marketing managers,” “personal financial advisers,” “public relations specialists,” “wholesale and retail buyers,” and “reporters and correspondents.”

Grassley was appalled. “These are, no doubt, respectable and needed professions,” he writes in a new letter to Solis, “but their tenuous connection to the stated goal of ‘green jobs’ only underscores the mismanaged efforts of the Department’s stimulus dollar spending.”

The senator points out that money for green jobs comes not only from the stimulus but also from the Green Jobs Act of 2007, which calls for the government to spend $125 million per year on “energy efficiency and renewable energy” worker training. The legislation specifically refers to things like retrofitting buildings, biofuels, and wind turbines. What do financial advisers, wholesale buyers and reporters have to do with that?

Grassley is waiting for an answer.

I’ll save him the time and trouble: The answer is that “green jobs” are one of the most blatantly lied-about things in all of politics. And that’s saying something.

163 comments Add your comment

Linda

September 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

Green jobs are the antithesis of red, white & blue jobs. Green jobs are subsidized with taxpayer dollars & red, white & blue jobs are not. Green jobs are dreamed up by progressive elites & red, white & blue jobs are created by what we still have left of the free market.

Blue Man ona Red Island

September 24th, 2010
2:12 pm

I would think with the typical Republican BS you shovel your job could be considered green.

Sorry man, I’m actually joking with you. Just couldn’t pass it up. Have a good weekend.

Blue Man ona Red Island

September 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Linda, the problem is those jobs you consider “red, white and blue” are gone and they aren’t coming back no matter who we elect. We either replace them with new technology, including green technology, or we don’t replace them at all. Your choice.

Blue Man ona Red Island

September 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

One more thing Linda, I assume an auto plant would be “rd, white and blue” enough for you. If so, do a little research as to how the new Kia plant ended up where it is in GA. I’ll give you a hint, google “kia + tax payer dollars as incentives”.

If by progressive elites you mean the Republican Governor, Republican Senate and Republican House you may be on to something.

Linda

September 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

Congress & the UN define green jobs as those that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment & helping to combat global warming. They produce renewable energy sources–wind, solar & geothermal.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
2:38 pm

That’s why Kyle’s job of typing from home is considered green.

Blue Man ona Red Island

September 24th, 2010
2:42 pm

Linda – Do green technology jobs employee American citizens? If so, why in a time of 10%+ unemployment are you so against them?

Jefferson

September 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

Sounds to me you owe your job to the President. Greatfull?

CJ

September 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

Kyle: “The answer is that “green jobs” are one of the most blatantly lied-about things in all of politics.

I’m fairly certain that organizations that research and develop clean energy or are related to sustainability in some capacity use these kinds of professionals too. For example, a public relations specialist for a manufacturer of solar panels would be a green job while a public relations manager for an asphalt company would not be.

If a politician or editorial writer was interested in displaying some semblance of objectivity, then they might be able to imagine that the definition of whether or not a job is green is a function of the industry, product, or service that the position supports.

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
2:56 pm

Linda – September 24th, 2010
2:10 pm

“Green jobs are the antithesis of red, white & blue jobs.”

– Jobs should be about ‘practical necessity’, not
‘political partisanship’. How many bridges have to
collapse or water management systems fail before
we start to prioritize – instead of taking up the semantics
of political posturing ?

Linda

September 24th, 2010
2:57 pm

Blue @ 2:13, We all have a responsibility as stewards of our environment. What we disagree on is global warming, which the majority of us now believe is the greatest hoax in the history of the world. Until we are all building windmills & solar lights, we will always have red, white & blue jobs.

Tax deductions have been used for decades to incentive individuals & corporations to act in certain ways–to purchase homes, donate to charity, choose a location over another, etc. Singling out certain corporations over others (favoritism) & giving them tax-payer money as subsidies to invest in a hoax is corruption.

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

CJ @ 2:54 pm – Well said.

Left wing management

September 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

“IF REPUBLICANS are serious about governing responsibly, they have an odd way of showing it”

WaPo editorial

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

“What we disagree on is global warming, which the majority of us now believe is the greatest hoax in the history of the world.”

– Who is “Us” ? A poll can now question every single person ?
Or is “us” everyone on a conservative blog ?

USMC Dawg

September 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

Green Jobs are a Marxist plot to destroy the most successful economy in the world. Period

Now, Can we do a better job of “policing” our gargage and dispensing our waste, etc? Absolutely. But let’s not RUIN our economy (any further) to go off on some Marxist tangent to “level the playing field” with respect to world economies.

People, throw your trash way and keep the muffler on your car in good working order. That would be a good start.

retiredds

September 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

Linda, would the following jobs qualify as red, white and blue? Farming, autos, oil, gas, construction? Every one of these are subsidized in some shape or form.

Jefferson

September 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

ADM must be currupt, then.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:03 pm

“WaPo editorial”

There’s your sign.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

CJ

There isn’t a demand for green jobs. If there were we’d have them by now. Same with alternative fuels.

Hey, anyone seen AlGORE lately?

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

“How many bridges have to
collapse or water management systems fail before
we start to prioritize – instead of taking up the semantics
of political posturing ?”

???????????????????????????

retiredds

September 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

Linda, my bet is the greens are right. The only hoax is those that don’t believe in climate change and wand to remain tethered to: coal and oil. But there was also a time when to think the world was round was a heresy.

Left wing management

September 24th, 2010
3:07 pm

USMC dog: Green Jobs are a Marxist plot to destroy the most successful economy in the world. Period.

Marxists don’t engage in plots. Plots are figments of the mentally imbalanced.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

“Plots are figments of the mentally imbalanced.”

And those who are mentally imbalanced are…………….Marxists.

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
3:10 pm

USMC Dawg – September 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

“Green Jobs are a Marxist plot to destroy the most successful economy in the world. Period”

– The RQ-1A Predator is a product that arose out of
“green” jobs. Many companies that produce similar
UAV systems also do “green” research.

Those “Marxists” must really hate us to hand over
that kind of military capability.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

“The only hoax is those that don’t believe in climate change and wand to remain tethered to: coal and oil.”

So why is the White House now calling “global warming” “global climate disruption?”

Left wingers have to be the dumbest people on Earth.

First, it was global warming, then global climate change and now, global climate disruption.

Anyway you call it, it’s still a crock of $hit.

Left wing management

September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

CAIR Bears: What. Want to hear what one of your own said?

Believe the word “dreck” was used.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

“The RQ-1A Predator is a product that arose out of
“green” jobs. Many companies that produce similar
UAV systems also do “green” research. ‘

And where is your proof to back that up?

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

CAIR Bears — September 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

“Plots are figments of the mentally imbalanced.”

“And those who are mentally imbalanced are…………….Marxists.”

– I wouldn’t go there if I were you, CAIR.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

” – I wouldn’t go there if I were you, CAIR.”

Well, you’re not me, and yes, I did go there.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

CAIR Bears, the lack of demand might be tied to a lack of supply. You ever think things all the way through? Kyle’s job is green b/c he can work from home. Unless he prefers to sit in traffic to get to an office to waste 8 hours writing one article that takes 15 minutes to put together.

DEWSTARPATH

September 24th, 2010
3:14 pm

CAIR Bears — September 24th, 2010
3:11 pm

“The RQ-1A Predator is a product that arose out of
“green” jobs. Many companies that produce similar
UAV systems also do “green” research. ‘

“And where is your proof to back that up?”

– It’s common knowledge, but here’s one
example (Aerovironment):

http://www.avinc.com/

Left wing management

September 24th, 2010
3:15 pm

Marxists, being in possession of the only valid analysis of modern economy that has yet to be put forward, don’t really have to worry too much about engaging in ‘plots’.

All one has to do is watch as the speculators rampage, pillage, colonize, and generally suck the marrow out of everything they touch.

Now THAT’s what is bringing down your ‘most successful economy in the world’.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:16 pm

“Kyle’s job is green b/c he can work from home.”

Which would have more to do with the AJC being a failing newspaper.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:17 pm

“It’s common knowledge, but here’s one
example (Aerovironment):’

No, it’s not common knowledge.

USMC Dawg

September 24th, 2010
3:17 pm

Left wing management: You are so funny, I forgot to laugh
(I know, that was corny…)

Left Wing Pseudo-intellectuals, like yourself, are the truly mentally imbalanced lot.
You are so busy throwing non-sequiturs that you overlook that 2+2=4.
Your psycho-babble and lack of common sense are part of the greater problem we face today.

just saying…

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

Bears is a democrat trolling as a republican.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

yet here you are

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

“You ever think things all the way through?”

Why, yes. Yes I do. I also noticed on the last blog where you copied and pasted two of my comments about libs and democrats. Funny, because you totally misread what I wrote.

thanks

Linda

September 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

retiredds @ 3:03, One of the ways we can reduce our deficits is to cut subsidies. The fed. govt. is reaching too far to give subsidies for products & services for which there is little or no demand & showing favoritism: subsidizing one company in an industry, i.e. one window or one appliance manufacturer. Do you agree with corporate welfare?

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:19 pm

“Bears is a democrat trolling as a republican.”

I am?

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:21 pm

and yet usmc dawg wants to talk about plots by marxist to take down the economy. mentally imbalanced much?

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

“mentally imbalanced much?’

Sums up Obama.

Linda

September 24th, 2010
3:23 pm

Dew @ 3:02, A poll is a poll. It’s not a vote.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

“Kyle’s job is green b/c he can work from home.”

Which would have more to do with the AJC being a failing newspaper.

Actually, it has more to do with technology. all newspapers are failing b/c we are here and not paying for a subscription. Think.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

Obama has a green job because he’s always on the golf course.

Linda

September 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

CAIR @ 3:11, You missed one. We had global cooling in the ’70s.

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:25 pm

“Actually, it has more to do with technology. all newspapers are failing b/c we are here and not paying for a subscription. Think.”

Wall Street Journal’s numbers are fine. Not all newspapers are failing, pat. Just the ones that employ left leaning hacks like Eugene Robinson, Jay Bookman, Moron Dowd etc….

Left wing management

September 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

“Obama has a green job because he’s always on the golf course.”

Wait I thought that described Sammy Shambles . . :)

CAIR Bears

September 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

“We had global cooling in the ’70s.”

True, but that was over 30 years ago back when Jimmy Carter 1 was in office. Now that Jimmy Carter 2 is here they have to change the name.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
3:28 pm

Wall Street Journal’s numbers are fine. so I don’t have to subscribe to read that online?