$2.3 Million in Stimulus to Train 200 in Green Energy, Few Get Jobs

For as much as the liberal elite like to point at Europe and say, “America needs to be more like that,” they sure don’t seem to pay attention to what they do wrong and learn from it.

For example, when Spain implemented its green energy jobs program, it was an utter failure:

Every “green job” created with government money in Spain over the last eight years came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job, says a new study released this month. The study draws parallels with the green jobs programs of the Obama administration

Rather than learning from that, they try to emulate it.  They replicated the results as well:

In September 2009 with the state reeling and an unemployment rate of 14.1 percent, then Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced a green jobs training program that she said would help make Michigan “a center for renewable energy and green jobs” by training people in eight of Michigan’s most economically depressed cities.

Almost three years later, the Energy Conservation Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ECAR) had just 200 people apply statewide, cost $2.3 million in federal stimulus money and yielded few jobs for the enrollees who were trained.

For example, of the 24 students who enrolled in the city of Detroit’s program, only one got a job for which they were trained while two others landed in apprenticeship programs. There are 3.1 million jobs in the state.

In Benton Harbor, there were 20 enrollees in the nine-week training program. Two got jobs directly related to their training.

“They went and said, ‘We have some money. Let’s go train some people’,” said Todd Gustafson, executive director of the Berrien County MichiganWorks! office that coordinated the ECAR program in Benton Harbor. “Those green jobs never came.”

And they won’t until the market decides it needs people for green energy.  This is another example of self-important busy bodies who think they know what’s best believing they can organize the free market into the vision they have in their heads.

They can’t.

Meanwhile, we’ll keep working overtime to pay for their inability to learn from the mistakes of others, even those they idolize.