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Green Jobs Stimulus Program Wastes Cash

October 31, 2012

The Obama administration has been eager to transition from conventional sources of energy to alternatives that rely on clean technologies. One facet of this transition has been to create a program that trains people to fill jobs in the alternative energy sector. However, an internal audit found that the jobs training program has failed on most key measures, says the Washington Times.

  • The government earmarked more than $400 million for the program.
  • More than $328 million of it has already been spent.
  • The audit found that the program was training workers that already had jobs and didn't need green energy skills.
  • Furthermore, only 38 percent of those who have completed training got jobs based on it.
  • Only 16 percent of those people kept their jobs for six months.

About half of the people were already working in the energy sector and wanted to be retrained despite not needing it. The Energy Department challenged the findings by saying that the auditors didn't consider the full progress of those that got training. Furthermore, they argue that some people found jobs before training was complete and were not figured into the report.

Chairman Darrell E. Issa, who released the audit, said that the training program was a way for the Obama administration to pay its allies such as the U.S. Steelworkers Union.

Source: Stephen Dinan, "Audit: Green Jobs Stimulus Program Wastes Cash," Washington Times, October 26, 2012.


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