Oh Those Obama Green Jobs … $20 Million Federal Grant, Three Homes Retrofitted & 14 New Jobs Created



Maybe President Barack Obama can tout the following job creation on his “Magical Misery” job bus tour? Then again, maybe not. One year ago, VP Biden praised the $20 million green job initiative of the federal grant to weatherize Seattle, WA homes. Yet another example of Obama’s job creation. Maybe Barack Obama should point the finger at himself while he is on his lame bus tour instead of blaming other.

Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy – able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint – and the announcement came with great fanfare.

McGinn had joined Vice President Joe Biden in the White House to make it. It came on the eve of Earth Day. It had heady goals: creating 2,000 living-wage jobs in Seattle and retrofitting 2,000 homes in poorer neighborhoods.

But more than a year later, Seattle’s numbers are lackluster. As of last week, only three homes had been retrofitted and just 14 new jobs have emerged from the program. Many of the jobs are administrative, and not the entry-level pathways once dreamed of for low-income workers. Some people wonder if the original goals are now achievable.

Michael Woo, the director of Got Green, in  Seattle stated, “The jobs haven’t surfaced yet”  and that “It’s been a very slow and tedious process. It’s almost painful, the number of meetings people have gone to. Those are the people who got jobs. There’s been no real investment for the broader public.” BINGO!!! This is what happens when you force something on the public that is not wanted and there is no market for. $20 million and 14 jobs. Nicely dome Barack Obama. Way to waste the tax payers money on your liberal agenda.

Brian in a Blue State

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    9 Responses to “Oh Those Obama Green Jobs … $20 Million Federal Grant, Three Homes Retrofitted & 14 New Jobs Created”

    1. Flippy on August 17th, 2011 8:13 am

      The problem with these programs is obvious when you try to use them. We had an energy auditor come out to the house last week on a similar kind of program.

      The deal was that I pay 50% of the suggested improvements, and the program pays the other 50% (Up to $2500 for a max $1250 benefit). Problem is, even at 50% of the cost the “years to return on investment” is still over 10 years on most things. Maybe those years aren’t correct and they pay for themselves much quicker…maybe not. Point is most people today don’t have $1250 burning holes in their pockets that they want to spend on something that won’t benefit them for 10 years out, assuming they still live in the same house.

    2. Dawg1948 on August 17th, 2011 8:51 am

      You got it Flippy it just isn’t cost efficient is it? Been there and seen that.

    3. Monica on August 17th, 2011 12:03 pm

      Next on SM: car crash in South Dakota, blame the President! LOL

    4. Moi on August 17th, 2011 1:12 pm

      Goodness! Here I am agreeing with Flippy! :)

    5. pat roemer on August 17th, 2011 1:45 pm

      The weatherization program has helped many who could otherwise not afford to insulate their homes and in many cases get new energy effient heating units and appliances to save on utility bills and will help save natural resources overall. in additon it has created local jobs. Administration, and labor positions. Is it enough? Not by itself, but it is something. Something is better than nothing which is what I see coming from the Republican side of the aisle.Why are you blaming Government? Unregulated Capitalism got us in this mess, why isn’t it getting us out? Can’t Wall Street create any REAL jobs?

    6. hope on August 17th, 2011 3:05 pm

      This is ludacris… Seattle has extremely mild winters and cool summer weather. Now if it had have been Detroit, New York or Philadelphia where the weather is severe and there is a real need for programs like this, I could see it. But. SEATTLE??? You couldn’t find a “greener” city!


      Probably just another kick-back for yet another good ol’ boy on the take!

    7. A Texas Grandfather on August 17th, 2011 7:17 pm


      Your last sentence is the real reason for the entire program. The term “Green” is just a ruse to make people feel good.

      If one were to do a real cost analysis on any of the “Green” projects the payout would be negative. Another Obama facade to hide the pay-offs.

    8. SUPER DAVE on August 18th, 2011 6:32 am

      like all democrat party agendas, this one is a bust also. just another front to waste money.

    9. The No Dah Moment … Obama Finally Says, “I understand that and I expect to be judged on the economy in 2012″ | Scared Monkeys on August 21st, 2011 11:56 am

      [...] Has reality set in for President Barack Obama? Has he finally reached the “NO DAH MOMENT”? On Sunday, Obama told CBS News that, “he expects to be judged in the 2012 election over his governance of the American economy.” Really Barack, you figured that out all by yourself, eh? Imagine that Barack, being held accountable for jobs, something you have done nothing about, except if the were government subsidized “green jobs”. [...]

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