Seattle Green Jobs Program Creates Only 14 Jobs After $20 Million Federal Grant

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Who Will Explain To The Crown Heights Community Where And How The WAP Grant Was Spent?

How many jobs could be created with $20 million?

If one is talking about so-called “green jobs” in Seattle, the answer is 14.

Fox News reported Monday that 16 months after a $20 million federal grant for home weatherization was awarded, only 14 people were put to work, and most of those were administrative positions.

After doing the math, that calculates to $1,428,571.43 per job.

Worse yet, only three homes in the area were upgraded.

Todd Myers, author of “Eco Fads,” told Fox News the “jobs are not there.”

“So we’re training people for jobs that don’t exist,” he added.

KOMO notes that the grant, received on the eve of Earth Day, had the goal of creating 2,000 “living wage” jobs in Seattle, and  retrofitting 2,000 homes in poorer neighborhoods.

Vanessa Ho writes that as of early August, “337 homeowners had applied for the program. Fourteen had gotten a loan, or were in the process of getting one.”

So far, the Washington Athletic Club and a few hospitals have been retrofitted.

KOMO reports:

But will the city hit its goals? Curtis was hopeful Seattle would make it by 2013, when the funding ends. Greenwich, of Puget Sound Sage, said the city needs to retrofit 100 to 200 homes a month to create 2,000 jobs. Woo, of Got Green, thinks the city needs to throw more money on incentives.

Fox Reports:

Seattle is not alone. The Department of Energy has allocated $508 million to 41 states for its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and 600 jobs have been created or retained.

The agency, however, says it is pleased with the progress so far, but notes that different communities advance their programs at different rates. The goal is to weatherize 150,000 homes in three years, saving homeowners $65 million annually in energy costs. So far, the government has fallen short of its goal. After the first year, only 9,000 homes have been upgraded. Fox notes that Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it is too early to call the program a failure.

“We may have to adjust how we market it and the incentives we provide,” he said. “Nobody has really cracked the green jobs code.”

Fox adds:

Contractors who do the energy audits and home retrofits blame government for getting in the way. To be a participating business in Seattle, the contractor is required to pay workers $21 an hour with full benefits, including retirement pay. But according to several small business owners in the area, the prevailing wage for new workers who lay insulation is $12. per hour.

McGinn, however, insisted that allowing contractors to pay anything less than what the city has declared a ‘living wage’, amounts to a ‘race to the bottom’ for jobs.

Fox also notes that homeowners will see very little return on their investment.

The weatherization upgrades are aimed at saving 15 percent on energy consumption . If the retrofit costs $10,000 even with all the government incentives, it will take over 30 years to pay off through lower energy bills.

“The problem is the policies the politicians choose, whether green jobs or retrofits, are based on appearance,” Myers said. “They choose things that look good, rather than what’s best for the environment.”

Toledo, Kansas City and Phoenix are also having trouble fulfilling the “green jobs” promise, having created only 72 jobs with $65 million in federal grant money.

In Nevada, 1.72 permanent jobs were created after the federal government spent nearly $500,000. Fox reports:

In 2009, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $490,000 of stimulus money to Nevada’s Clark County Urban Forestry Revitalization Project, aimed at revitalizing urban neighborhoods in the county with trees, plants, and green-industry training.

According to Recovery.gov, the U.S. government’s official website related to Recovery Act spending, the project created 1.72 permanent jobs. In addition, the Nevada state Division of Forestry reported the federal grant generated one full-time temporary job and 11 short-term project-oriented jobs.

At one time, President Obama said he wanted to create 5 million “green” jobs.

At an average cost of $900,000 per job, his dream would cost $4.5 trillion – and that is over and above everything else Obama wants to spend.

Imagine how many “millionaires,” i.e., those making over $250,000, would have to be taxed for that program.

Related:

thenewamerican.com – Seattle: $20 Million Grant Creates 14 “Green” Jobs 

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3 Responses to “Seattle Green Jobs Program Creates Only 14 Jobs After $20 Million Federal Grant”

  1. WhoIsShmira? Says:

    Also Related:

    Rush Limbaugh: Green Jobs: Money Laundering Scam for Democrats and Unions

  2. WhoIsShmira? Says:

    For those of you who have approached the people of the Crown Heights Community Council Inc., like Chairman Zaki Tamir or executive director Eli Cohen to inquire about why the CHJCC does not provide this service to every eligible resident and received as a response a straight out lie about “what the weatherization program (grant) is really for”, educate yourself by reading the above articles.

    Arm yourselves with the truth!

    Information is power!

    PLUG THE DAMN HOLE!
    STOP THE CORRUPTION STOP THE FRAUD!

  3. FBI raids solar panel company hailed by Obama - Firm got $500 million in stimulus funds Says:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com

    FBI agents on Thursday executed search warrants at the headquarters of Solyndra LLC, which was awarded more than $500 million in federal stimulus loans in 2009 to make solar panels in what the Obama administration called part of an aggressive effort to put more Americans to work and end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    But the company filed a bankruptcy petition Tuesday in Delaware, asking a court to bar phone, electricity and water and sewer service providers from “altering, refusing or discontinuing service,” and now is the focus of an investigation by the FBI and the Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General.

    FBI spokesman Peter Lee said he could not provide details about the investigation.

    A little more than a year ago, President Obama hailed Solyndra during a tour of the company, saying it expected to hire 1,000 workers and make enough panels over the lifetime of its planned expanded facility that it would be like replacing eight coal-fired power plants.

    “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future,” Mr. Obama said.

    The company’s bankruptcy petition came two years after Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Vice President Joseph R. Biden announced approval of $535 million in federal loans to Solyndra.

    “This announcement today is part of the unprecedented investment this administration is making in renewable energy and exactly what the Recovery Act is all about,” Mr. Biden said.

    Instead, Solyndra, which was launched in 2005, last week shed more than 900 full-time employees, leaving just a “core group” of 113 employees, according to bankruptcy records. The price for solar panels has dropped by more than 40 percent, in part because of heavy competition from Chinese companies.

    Republicans have been looking into the Solyndra loan for several months and has subpoenaed documents concerning it from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

    Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican and chairman of the subcommittee for oversight and investigations on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said last week the company’s collapse should raise concerns about the entire stimulus program.

    “The administration celebrated Solyndra as the first recipient of its loan guarantee program and intended to showcase its success as representative of its stimulus program,” Mr. Stearns said. “This should be of great concern to all Americans considering the $1 trillion committed by the White House to its stimulus efforts.”

    Mr. Stearns and Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter last week to the White House seeking information about the White House’s role in the loans to Solyndra.

    In the letter, Mr. Stearns and Mr. Upton said they’ve learned from an investigation they had previously been conducting that Department of Energy officials, as well as officials from the Office of Management and Budget, were aware of White House interest in the Solyndra loan deal. In addition, they said they were aware that a major investor in Solyndra, George Kaiser, was a bundler for Mr. Obama’s campaign.

    “Now with the collapse of Solyndra, we see 1,100 employees out of work and taxpayers out of $535 million, most likely,” Mr. Stearns said in a statement.

    W.G. Stover Jr., chief financial officer for Solyndra, said in a court filing that the company was battered by “the combination of general business conditions and an oversupply of solar panels” that reduced prices worldwide.

    He blamed the oversupply on expanding capacity by foreign solar panel manufacturers that “utilized low cost capital provided by their governments to expand operations.”

    “In response, Solyndra was forced to reduce its average selling prices to remain competitive,” Mr. Stover explained in the 56-page court filing. In addition, he said the reduction or elimination of government subsidies and incentives to buy solar energy, particularly in Europe, also hurt demand for the company’s panels.

    Dan Leistikow, director of public affairs for the Energy Department, said in a statement that “changing economics have affected a number of solar manufacturers in recent months, including unfortunately, Solyndra. …”

    “This loan guarantee was pursued by both the Bush and Obama administrations,” Mr Leistikow said. “Private sector investors, who put more than $1 billion of their own money on the line, also saw great potential in the company.”

    Reacting to news of the company’s layoffs last week, Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said there were more than 40 companies in the same loan program that funded Solyndra and “you cannot measure the success based on one company or the other.”

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