It seems Democrats particularly those in employment-challenged California, can’t talk enough about “green jobs.” Governor-elect Jerry Brown maintains such jobs “will turn the state around“. Ma’am Boxer touted them on the campaign trail.
Only problem is, as Sonicfrog reminds us, that since voters here “failed to repeal AB32 a couple of Tuesdays ago,” the majority of my fellow Californians (I voted, “Yes,” on Prop. 23 which would have held that draconian measure in check) “ensured that more jobs, including green jobs, will be leaving the state, or will simply not open their doors here in the first place!”
Problem is is that green jobs cost money, government money — and, well, that money is kind of in short supply right now:
What boosters of green jobs don’t usually mention is most of these jobs require substantial taxpayer subsidies and other special government treatment even to exist in a competitive market. It appears now that even a half-billion dollars in government aid is no guarantee of success.
Despite a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government, Solyndra, a maker of solar panels in the southeast San Francisco Bay Area city of Fremont, will close one of its manufacturing plants, lay off 40 permanent and 150 contract workers, delay expansion plans of a new plant largely financed with the government-guaranteed loan and scale back production capacity more than 50 percent.
Read the whole thing. Even without massive taxpayer subsidies, this Democratic promise is about as hollow as the White House claim (that Mrs. Boxer so favorably cited) that the “stimulus” would create (or save) “approximately 400,000 jobs” in the Golden State.
*In fact, some are already leaving.