The political propaganda battle between the White House, environmentalists and GOP-controlled House of Representatives continued today as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report criticizing the President’s green jobs agenda. The conclusion of this report is that “combined with restrictions on domestic energy production, the net effect has been jobs lost and a failure to even approach his promised goal of creating five million jobs within ten years.”
The report cites evidence that reportedly “highlights the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) using questionable accounting methods to count ‘green jobs’ even though the term is vague, poorly defined, and such jobs are difficult to accurately count.” Also called into account are so called failures of clean energy subsidization aboard, green jobs as an ideologically-based agenda and the active discouragement of “traditional energy sources” at home by the Obama administration.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who was called out already for seeking help in the past for “clean energy projects in his home state of California,” is spearheading a
witchhunt hearing into the matter. “With unemployment at a staggering 9.2 percent,” Issa said, “President Obama’s green energy subsidy experiment has done little to create jobs or speed recovery. In fact, by many measures, it has destroyed jobs.”
Though not a direct response to Representative Issa’s statement, the U.S. Department of Energy in a blog post talked about how “some people talk about the clean energy economy as if it’s a hypothetical future development, but the fact is that it’s already here and poised for tremendous growth in the coming years.” The graphic above, released by the federal agency, aims to highlight its claim – with its particular chosen example being the construction industry.
And, of course, a variety of environmental organizations came out with statements in regards to the House clean jobs report. The NRDC, for example, said that “green jobs are a strong spot in an otherwise weak economy. Green jobs employ 2.7 million Americans, according to the Brookings Institution. Most of those jobs didn’t exist a decade ago; now they’re a lifeline in hard times for nearly 3 million American families.”