Thursday, June 7, 2012

What is a "Green Job"?

When Obama  took office he vowed to create more than 5 million "green jobs".  But, what is a "green job"?

Here is how the Obama Administration defines the requirements for classifying a job as "green":
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states a green job is either: a business that produces goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, or a job in which a worker’s duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources…
Seems like that is kind of a broad definition. Surely they don't mean any job where someone may use a scanner instead of a copier, use diesel gas instead of unleaded, or use email instead of snail mail could possibly be classified as a "green job"?

Maybe we should ask an Obama official under oath if some professions now count as "green jobs".  Thankfully, Senator Issa did just that:

That's one way to make it look like your massive deficit spending is producing results, I guess.


smoore123 said...

Hey remember that time the Bush administration wanted to reclassify fast food as manufacturing (since they are assembling burgers of course) so that the US manufacturing job losses didn't look as bad and so more businesses would be eligible for tax credits for manufactures. I guess your blog wasn't around back in 2001, I think it was. I bet you would have ripped those guys a new one.

James said...

I agree. I wasn't familiar with that case, but I was very critical of jobless rate data during the Bush admin. Much like today, jobless was always under reported. If you went back to the legacy methods of calculating jobless rates, it was always 2 to 3 times higher.