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Obama Inc. Gave $50 Mil in “Green Jobs” Training Cash to Unions

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 4, 2013 @ 12:06 pm In The Point | 8 Comments

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The big revelation in the GAO’s Obama Stimulus “Green Jobs” audit [2] is that much of the 500 million dollars set aside for Green Jobs was really handed over to allied liberal non-profits and labor unions [3].

In terms of organizational type, most green jobs training grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations and state workforce agencies Specifically, 44 percent of green jobs training grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations and 34 percent were awarded to state governmental agencies or departments.

You would think the majority of training grants would be governmental, but nearly 44 percent of 500 million dollars was forwarded to non-profits, many of them allies of Obama Inc.

In addition, 10 percent of grantees were organized labor or labor management organizations

Who then used that money to fund Democrat campaigns. Why not just call the Green Jobs program a donation by Obama to the Dem Party.

Staff from ETA’s regional offices said that some grantees developed new and successful partnerships as a result of the grants, including partnerships with labor unions.

Mission accomplished.

More than half of ETA’s green jobs training grantees implemented their grants through sub-grantees, or a network of local affiliates, rather than providing training services directly to participants.
Making the payoffs even harder to track.
And the Green Jobs part was mostly hypothetical.

Finally, other grantees considered jobs green because of the environmentally beneficial processes being used, such as applying paint in an efficient manner or using advanced manufacturing techniques that reduce waste. Even for jobs where parts of the work have a link to environmentally beneficial outcomes, workers may only use green skills or practices for a portion of the time they work. For instance, technicians trained to install and repair high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems may in the course of their work also install less energy efficient equipment

So Green Jobs funds were being used to train A/C installers… at a ridiculously inflated cost. How much of that $500 billion did we hand out to unions to train air conditioner installers?


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[2] GAO’s Obama Stimulus “Green Jobs” audit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/04/audit-finds-bloated-budget-for-green-jobs-training-despite-lack-open-positions/

[3] really handed over to allied liberal non-profits and labor unions: http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/655331.pdf

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