Dems and Republicans Divided on Green Jobs

Democrats and Republicans Differ on Green Jobs Subject - Image from Google

When it comes to green technology and the creation of green jobs in the United States, the issue isn’t quite black and white. On one side are Republicans, who believe the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has failed to create enough private-sector green jobs. On the other side are Democrats, who believe Obama’s green energy push is helpful and necessary for American workers and for the environment.

An inspector general’s report earlier this month stated that the government’s $500 million green jobs program developed in 2009 put only 8,035 people to work through the end of June rather than the target of 79,654 people. This report was requested by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, of Iowa.

“This report paints a pretty bleak picture of the program’s effectiveness in job creation,” Grassley said.

In fact, a hearing took place in late September that criticized Obama’s push for green jobs creation. The hearing was called “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs.”

“A green jobs-fueled recovery is a theory and is yet unproven,” said Republican Darrell Issa, of California, who serves as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. “There is a lot more green, in the way of cash, and a lot less energy and jobs than anticipated.”

Regarding the title of the hearing, Democrat Mike Quigley said that it was a “raw partisan assertion that presupposes the answer.”

Because the 2009 green jobs program has not come close to reaching its green jobs target, Republicans this month are demanding that the remaining unused green jobs money – a total of $327.3 million — be refunded.

A House Oversight and Government Reform committee report last month said that even though Obama is emphasizing the importance of making the United States not reliant on fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, “by sacrificing domestic carbon-based resources upon the altar of an ill-fated ‘green energy’ experiment, the president has put U.S. economic security in jeopardy and wasted billions in taxpayer money at a time when our fiscal health is in peril.” Republicans have argued that government money instead should be spent growing jobs in all sectors, not just in the green energy sector.

Still, “not one scintilla of evidence” exists regarding how green polices have cost jobs, according to Democrat Elijah Cummings, who serves on the government committee.

Democrats and Republicans Do Agree on One Aspect of Green Technology and Jobs Creation

Despite the differences between Republicans and Democrats on the topic of green jobs, both parties do agree that marketing and selling green technology abroad is critical. Republicans and Democrats say these green technology efforts will open up foreign markets and thus boost green jobs in the United States.

A whopping $50 billion in goods and $4.5 billion in service exports were made in 2009 from clean energy firms. Taking away tariffs on U.S. green goods and services very well could boost global exports by about $6 billion and create new jobs, according to Democrats and Republicans.

“The global elimination of obstacles to the proliferation of technologies and services” is critical to increase the number of green jobs in America, said Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, of Ohio.

About U.S. Green Technology

U.S. Green Technology was established in January of 2009. U.S. Green Technology‘s mission is to share news and information about the latest advancements in green technologies and green jobs. U.S. Green Technology‘s areas of coverage include providing information on green social media campaigns, changes in green business, spread of the green movement throughout entertainment, green technological invention, new green start-ups, green manufacturing, green building, and green jobs. U.S. Green Technology recently launched a new free business directory for companies to promote their products and services. U.S. Green Technology also offers a green jobs board, powered by Simply Hired, for employers to post green jobs for job seekers interested in careers in the green jobs industries such as clean energy, renewable fuels, information technology, green building and green transportation.

Jobs

Post a Job! $99 for 30 days

Sign-up for U.S. Green Technology‘s weekly newsletter to receive the latest green technology information, including the latest green jobs, blogs, news, and events.

  • GM Equity Investment to Create Hundreds of Green Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • California must improve solar permitting to boost green jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology Jobs High In Northern Colorado (usgreentechnology.com)
  • New York City working to boost solar energy use (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Renewable Energy Industry Offers Most U.S. Manufacturing Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • U.S. offers to help finance ethanol plant to grow green jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Siemens Seeks To Fill 400 Green Jobs For Building Technologies (usgreentechnology.com)
  • GM Puts $7.5M into Sunlogics (xconomy.com)
  • Skyline Solar Awarded Three New Green Technology Patents (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Ohio Wind Turbine Facility Creates More than 60 Green Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Workforce Study and Green Jobs Portal Supports Economy (usgreentechnology.com)
  • U.S. associations push clean energy technology exports (usgreentechnology.com)
  • The Growth of Green Economy Jobs Expected in California (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Organizations Oppose Amendments Decreasing E15 Use (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Ohio funds green jobs training (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Solar Industry to Boom in California (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Arizona Gets More Than 400 Green Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Wind Energy Creates Hundreds of Iowa Green Jobs on Wind Farm (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Wind Energy Rises in 2011 (usgreentechnology.com)
  • PennFuture Fights to Keep More Than 100,000 Green Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Arizona to Lose 60-Plus Green Jobs in Solar Plant (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Goal for Green Jobs Tanks in Seattle (usgreentechnology.com)
  • SoloPower Receives $200 Million to Produce 700-plus jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Whirlpool Gold Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Review (usgreentechnology.com)
  • DTE Energy Co. Moves Forward with $485 Million Wind Plan (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Bosch 24-inch Built-in Dishwasher Review (usgreentechnology.com)
  • LG 2.3 cu. ft. all-in-one washer and dryer (usgreentechnology.com)
  • SPT 10,000 BTU Window Air conditioner (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Kenmore 3.5 Cu. Ft. Front-Load Washing Machine (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Langson Energy Creates Green Energy from Wasted Pressure (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Canada Turbine seeks to get clean energy tech on market (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Kenmore’s High-Efficiency Washer (casasugar.com)
  • Kenmore Elite 50 gal. gas Water heater (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Solar Energy Becomes More Affordable for Homeowners (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Twenty-four States Receive $145 Million for Solar Energy (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Enerfusion Inc. Reveals New Cell Phone Solar Stations (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Samsung 24.1 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Frigidaire 25.1 Cu. Ft. Chest Freezer (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Amana 24-inch Built-in Dishwasher (usgreentechnology.com)
  • College Students Encouraged to Enter Green Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Jobs in Solar Energy, Energy-Efficiency Fields Rise (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Report Claims Obama Administration Failed Green Jobs Goal (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Kenmore 25,000 BTU Room Air Conditioner (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Electric Bikes Picking Up Speed in the US (usgreentechnology.com)
  • GE Appliances 50 Gal. Heat Pump Electric Hot Water Heater (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green IT to double in India in Next Three Years (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Educating U.S. Workforce Critical to Green Technology Job Growth (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology Jobs looks bright at new independent Electric Car company headquartered in Dallas (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Whirlpool Gold Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Review (usgreentechnology.com)
  • California Offers Most U.S. Solar Energy Jobs (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Kenmore 30-Gallon Mobile Gas Water Heater (usgreentechnology.com)
  • What Can “Green” Do for You? Quite a Bit Actually (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Trend for Green Jobs Points to Accelerating Growth (usgreentechnology.com)
  • What to Do After Your Green Job Interview (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Your Website Can Become Green (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology Becomes Online Craze (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology in 2011 Made Huge Leaps (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology Job Boards to Consider in Your Green Job Hunt (usgreentechnology.com)
  • The tree of green jobs [interactive] (holykaw.alltop.com)
  • Green Technology Dominated Five Top Stories in 2011 (usgreentechnology.com)
  • Green Technology Jobs Plentiful at The Green Job Bank (usgreentechnology.com)
Enhanced by Zemanta

Check Also

Profit’s A Lot Better When It’s Green

If you run a business, you want to make a profit and nothing is going ...

  • Pingback: CyberCoders Searches for Green-Minded Employees - U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Columbus State Offers a Lesson in Being Green | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: EMCOR Seeks Employees to Help Clients Save Energy | Green Jobs, Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: CODA Produces Electric Vehicles and Green Jobs | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: How to Find a Green Job in Your Area of Expertise | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Datavibes Focuses on Green IT to Help Businesses | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Marvell Technology Group Seeks to Shrink Its Footprint | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: E-Source Is the Source for All of Your Green Queries | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: WIN Partners Brings Electric Vehicle Charging to the Job | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Title for Green Tech Revolution Catalyst Up for Grabs | Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Zeta Creates Green Modular Buildings | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Land a Green Job through an Apprenticeship | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: EMeter Helps Cities Save Energy Through Green Tech | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: How to Network to Land a Green Job | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Toyota and BMW Hook Up to Go Green | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: It’s Not Just About Electricity Anymore at Colleges | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Obama and Clinton Go Green through Facility Energy Programs | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Facebook Goes Green at North Pole | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Flock to the Top Green Jobs Cities to Land a Job | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Cooper Industries Pushes LED Lighting Deal | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Veeco Instruments Capitalizes on Sun and LEDs | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Recargo Helps Electric Vehicle Drivers to Stay Juiced Up | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Green Charge Networks Has the Power to Make America Greener | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Wal-Mart Strives to Become Greener Across the Globe | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: TRC Companies Offers TLC Toward Environment | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: OSRAM Sylvania Looks for Green Employees | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Green Technology Jobs, Schools and Conferences Building a Sustainable Economy | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Clinton: Labor Leaders Create Clean Energy Jobs | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: How The Next Bill Gates Will Solve The Challenge of Green Technology | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Smart Grids Explained | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2011 Introduction | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: 2012 Ford Focus Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station | U.S. Green Technology()

  • Pingback: Green Banks To Rebuild American Economy | U.S. Green Technology()