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Even U.S. Democrats are growing weary of the Obama administration’s relentless green jobs blather

The fact that President Obama’s “green jobs” campaign has been an enormously expensive failure is now so glaringly obvious even the New York Times can’t ignore it any longer.

In a surprisingly candid article headlined “Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises,” the Times’ Aaron Glantz reports that “federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show,” and that Obama’s goal of 5 million new green jobs in 10 years is a “pipe dream.”

Glantz notes, for example, that Obama’s much-heralded weatherization program “never caught on.”

California still has spent only about half its $186 million in federal weatherization funds, creating a grand total of 538 full-time jobs. He also points to the $59 million spent in California on green job training that resulted in just 719 placements.

Glantz isn’t the first mainstream reporter to discover this. Earlier in the year, Politico reported that “nearly three years into Obama’s presidency, the White House can’t point to much solid evidence that significant numbers of Americans are scoring the green jobs the president has been touting.”

And even some Democrats are growing weary of the administration’s relentless green jobs blather.

“Of course, we want to be part of the new innovation and green jobs,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said recently. “But you know, the green jobs have been about a lot of talk, and not a lot has been happening on that.”

For anyone who’s followed this story, these failures shouldn’t be news. The weatherization program, for example, has long been plagued by scandal and needless red tape.

And as we’ve pointed out in this space, the landscape is increasingly littered with failed “green” companies unable to survive in the marketplace even with huge government subsidies.

But the Obama administration still has its head buried under a pile of solar panels, with the president endlessly touring “clean” factories, pushing electric cars consumers don’t want and talking about politically correct “jobs of the future.”

Then again, if the Times can see the light, there might still be hope for Obama.

Investor’s Business Daily, 19 August 2011