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Hot Air? White House Takes Credit for Bush-Era Wind Farm Jobs

October 26, 2010

The Obama administration is crediting its antirecession stimulus plan with creating up to 50,000 jobs on dozens of wind farms, even though many of those wind farms were built even before President Barack Obama was inaugurated, says

  • Out of 70 major wind farms that received the $4.4 billion in federal energy grants through the stimulus program, public records show that 11, which received a total of $600 million, erected their wind towers during the Bush administration.
  • A total of 19 wind farms, which received $1.3 billion, were built before any of the stimulus money was distributed.
  • Yet all the jobs at these wind farms are counted in the administration's figures for jobs created by the stimulus.

For example:

  • In western New York a developer received a total of $61.8 million in stimulus grants on September 1, 2009 (when the administration began rolling out money for the program) to build the Canandaigua Wind Farm in two stages, but Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate both stages were completed at least 15 months earlier -- by May 20, 2008.
  • German developer E.On Climate and Renewables estimated that 620 construction jobs were created southeast of Lubbock, Texas, at the Pyron Wind Farm, which received $121.9 million in stimulus money in September 2009; FAA records show the last tower had been built on December 11, 2008.

Source: "Hot Air? White House Takes Credit for Bush-Era Wind Farm Jobs,", October 21, 2010.

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