In his Oval Office address on June 15th, President Obama seized on the Gulf Oil crisis to speak about creating a clean energy future:
"As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs — but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. Even if we're unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don't yet know precisely how were going to get there. We know we'll get there."
Ummm...., not apparently Mr. President. I am surprised that Jeffrey Immelt who sits on your Economic Advisory Board has not informed you about Sunil Sharan's (former Director of G.E. Smart Grid Initiative) Washington Post column four months ago that "green jobs" bonanza is nothing but a myth!
Then again, on second thought, he probably did discuss this fine point with you but you have a radical leftist agenda to keep and Mr. Immelt, as the Chairman of G.E., has billions to make from "clean energy". A true relationship of mutual benefit. Sort of like Sir Muir Russell (a known environmentalist) investigating the Climategate scandal and finding nothing "too terrible" happened without even seeing thousands of relevant e-mails (but don't worry our green friends, Professor Jones has just been reinstated at Univ. of East Anglia, so he will be free to continue conducting his "research").
In the light of the scandals/controversies/revelations of errors just in the past year that an amateur would not make - such as Africagate, supposed Amazon rain forest draught, disappearing mountain ice caps, Dutch sea level blunder, Himalayan glacier meltdown lie, wrongly linking supposed AGW to natural disasters, contested Bangladesh climate prediction, Stern review scandal, and the Greenpeace connection to the IPCC report - it is little comfort to the rest of us that literally hundreds of billions of dollars of our money hinge upon the devious works of those like Sir Russell and professor Jones, all backed by socialist billionaires (and one world government proponents) Maurice Strong and George Soros.
As far as green jobs are concerned, Global Warming Policy Forum offers a pair of additional countries for you, Mr. President, to trot out, as you search for a country to point to as an exemplar of a centrally planned “green economy” — now that you seem to have dropped (as of your recent Oval Office address) your embarassingly serial call for us to examine the smashing — as in, crashing — successes in Spain (which, as I blogged earlier, acknowledges that "every 'green job' created with government money...came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job."), Germany, and Denmark.
So the Brits and Kiwis aren’t having any more luck than the Spaniards, Danes, or Germans — but that didn’t stop you, Mr. president, from at least trying to claim green-economy successes in those three countries, so why should it in these two new cases? We’ve also seen Italy’s carbon scheme exposed as a debacle, and a Labor government teeter and then fall in Australia after the mere threat of imposing such a scheme.
It’s possible, then, that you have simply run out of countries to point to. Which means that soon enough we’ll be back to that “we have to be the world leader” bit — which translates into “the plot failed everywhere else.”
No, thank you. We’d prefer not to lead the world in job-killing energy rationing in the name of discredited, pseudo-science called global warming.