As government statistics show, good 'green jobs' are just a myth

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    March 31, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    I'll tell you that clean air and water really is a myth now. There is no such thing, our bad air circulates the world over and we get polluted air from China too.

    Your Tuna is contaminated with the mecury from coal burned and if you look up your states game and fish, they will tell you flat out not to eat the natural fish in the lakes.

    The Heritage Foundation - We were for it before we were against it. The home of flip flopping.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Remains to be seen. In the meantime have any of you driven through south central Texas? It's a wind turbine forest! You have to see it to believe it. This is massive investment - there must be some jobs to go with it.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    Since mid December I've participated in one of the many "green" initiatives started by the Obama administration. In Jan. 2010, $4.6 million was "granted" to Utah for the "State Energy Sector Partnership" to develop training that was, ostensibly, intended to help people be part of the "green" jobs revolution.

    Sadly, I can say from personal experience that it is just another big government boondoggle of absurdly inefficient, ineffective mismanagement. The majority of the money burned up in the churn of administrative machinery and cobbled-together curriculum of marginal utility.

    I started this hoping for a useful program helping people eager for work to find jobs in an industry eager for workers. Instead, I discover a too hastily assembled morass of governmental ineptitude struggling mostly to justify spending all the money dumped on it. Poorly planned and very poorly implemented.

    But, in this case at least, it was only $4.6 Million. Much better than the $536 million flushed down the Solyndra toilet. Of course, all the wasted money, large or "small", is just part of the same deficit and thus, added to our debt.

    Hmmm. Can't find too much consolation there after all.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    The Obama administration has lied about green jobs, among other things. "Change we can believe in." has become politics and crony capitalism as usual. Their responses have been "Yes, but what about the Republicans?" and not a durable fix for anything. Of the many things that need fixing our president has used phony statistics to justify his failures. The Affordable Care Act will bankrupt each of the 50 states. The president said it was revenue neutral as did the CBO, however they used 10 years of taxing (2010-2020) and only 6 years of spending (2014-2020) in order to achieve that budget figure. Smoke and mirrors, not yes we can.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    How many soldiers died last year to protect the solar panel fields? How many ships were deployed to monitor traffic to and from windmills?

    I know soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are expendable commodities in the energy business. It costs far less to pay life insurance to the family of a service member who died in the war in Iraq to secure oil fields than to admit that the current status quo is unsustainable. When you all see friends and colleagues die in war, your opinions will change just as mine did.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 30, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    Actually – Good jobs [Green or not] are a myth anymore in America.
    Since Corporations are allowed to out-source to 3rd world countries, America workers have to stoop to 3rd world levels in order to compete.

    The rich get richer, the middle and poor are getting poorer.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 30, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    Heritage Institute huh, Didn't they bring us the Healthcare plan and then say it's bad cause their guy didn't institute it?

    Yeah, I would trust their political agenda.

    Embarrassed is right about the hidden costs and didn't even bring up the wars being fought and being planned.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 6:48 a.m.

    Yet we subsidize oil with the largest military-industrial complex in the World! If people realized the "hidden" cost they'd understand they're already paying $10-$15 / gallon of gas. And we're destroying the planet and putting the health of our citizens in serious harm's way. Let us smarten up and subsidize the renewables or the future of the human race is going down a slow painful road to destruction. What a sad legacy America the Free.