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A good look at the Green Jobs scam from James Delingpole:
What Dave and his chum Barack don�t want you to know about green jobs and green energy
Green jobs are a waste of space, a waste of money, a lie, a chimera. You know that. I know that. We�re familiar with the report by Dr Gabriel Calzada Alvarez of the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain which shows that for every �green job� that is created another 2.2 jobs are LOST in the real economy.

We also know that alternative energy is a fraud � only viable through enormous government (ie taxpayer subsidy) and utterly incapable of answering anything more than a fraction of our energy needs. As Shannon Love puts it here:
Here�s a fact you won�t see mentioned in the public policy debate over �alternative� energy:

There exists no alternative energy source, no combination of alternative energy sources, and no system of combinations of alternative energy sources that can fully replace a single, coal fired electric plant built with 1930s era technology.

Nada.
Zero.
Zilch.
So why are our political leaders setting out quite deliberately to deceive us?
Delingpole then cites this article from Christopher Horner at Pajamas Media:
BREAKING: �Anti-Lobbyist� Obama Administration Recruited Left-Wing Lobbyists to Sell Bogus �Green Jobs�
After two studies refuted President Barack Obama�s assertions regarding the success of Spain�s and Denmark�s wind energy programs, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to attack the studies.

Via the FOIA request, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has learned that the Department of Energy � specifically the office headed by Al Gore�s company�s former CEO, Cathy Zoi � turned to George Soros� Center for American Progress and other wind industry lobbyists to help push Obama�s wind energy proposals.

The FOIA request was not entirely complied with, and CEI just filed an appeal over documents still being withheld. In addition to withholding many internal communications, the administration is withholding communications with these lobbyists and other related communications, claiming they constitute �inter-agency memoranda.� This implies that, according to the DoE, wind industry lobbyists and Soros�s Center for American Progress are � for legal purposes � extensions of the government.

This is a defense commonly employed against FOIA requests when seeking to withhold certain communications with, for example, paid consultants.

As candidate and president, on eight separate occasions Barack Obama instructed Americans to �think about what�s happening in countries like Spain [and] Germany� if they wanted to know what successful �green jobs� policies look like, and if they wanted to know what we should expect here in the U.S. from his agenda.

Some European economists took a look. In March, a research team from Madrid�s King Juan Carlos University produced a detailed, substantive, heavily sourced, two-method paper: �Study of the Effects on Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources.� The paper concluded that Spain�s �green jobs� program was an economic failure, in fact costing Spain many jobs.

The president of Spain�s renewable energy association � along with a Communist Party affiliated trade federation � decried the paper�s lead author as being unpatriotic.

The former wrote in Spain�s leading paper, El Mundo, slamming the research paper. However, he did not critique the paper itself � he agreed with its conclusion. He was furious only that the study was publicized. By revealing the truth about Spain�s increasingly mythologized �green jobs� and renewable energy experience, the revealed study threatened the prospects for Spain�s companies to be bailed out by the U.S. repeating these mistakes.

Incidentally, this became a common refrain. After the Spanish study embarrassed the White House, prompting substantial media attention and even questioning at a press conference, Obama swapped out Denmark for Spain for later references to an enacted �green jobs� program.
Nice to know that we are being lied to by this administration and that our Energy policies are in such good hands...

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