Politico

Green jobs success eludes President Obama
Politico

Nearly three years into Obama’s presidency, the White House can’t point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting.

Monthly Labor Department employment reports say nothing about the new clean energy workforce, while an effort to document how many Americans actually make a living in the « green collar » field may not be done by November 2012.

Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers suggests 225,000 clean energy jobs were either created or preserved through the third quarter of 2010 thanks to more than $80 billion in the economic stimulus package. But those are estimates at best. White House officials say asking about the connection between the 9.1 percent unemployment rate and the administration’s concerted green jobs campaign is the wrong question.

« It’s certainly a good thing if those numbers are believable, » said Jerry Webman, chief economist at the Oppenheimer Funds. « But they’re not a large enough number for the nation or Obama’s job creation problem. »