A Green Jobs Program spent $38.6 billion to create about 3,600 jobs.
That is $10 million per job. I figure I could take that $10 million and create two jobs for $5 million and pocket the difference. That would have doubled the efficiency of the program. And I could become a 1%er. Of course a long time ago I was a different kind of 1%er.
Of course if produced energy at a competitive price that would be find but that is not the case.
To my friends who are advocates of green jobs: You should insist on more efficient methods! Politicians tend to not care much about efficient use of funds but all taxpayers Democrats and Republicans should!
BTW very little little of this is basic research for which an argument for direct Government funding can be made. This is all technology, which the private sector tends to do more efficiently. You should drop your support for most of this stuff and insist on a carbon tax or nothing.
Even Democratic politicians are NOT on your side, they are only on their own side and will screw you if given half a chance. (The same goes for Republican supports, you think that they would have learned this from Bush.) it seems many intelligent democrats have come to the point where they support any nonsense as long as its intentions appear good, it increases Government intervention and the Republicans hate it.
This is like the stimulus, even if you use the Obama Administrations numbers it cost over $233k per job created or saved. These are not high paying jobs they spent $233k each to create $20k/year jobs!