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Sign Me Up!

Wardmama too, and her husband. And we’ll get Christopher on board as well.

Be an insulation installer for the government ... $21/hr + benes. $43,680 salary. And no work to do. Oh hella yeah, I’ll take it. And I’m sure they provide the work clothes, gloves, masks etc so you don’t get a daily case of ‘glass ass, which is a terribly irritating affliction.



Seattle Green Jobs Program Gets $20M, Creates 14 Posts



A green jobs program in one of America’s greenest cities is being called a bust 16 months after a $20 million federal grant to weatherize homes in Seattle ended up putting just 14 people to work in mostly administrative jobs and upgrading only three homes in the area.

“The jobs are not there,” Todd Myers, who wrote the book “Eco Fads,” told Fox News. “So we’re training people for jobs that don’t exist.”

Seattle is not alone. The Department of Energy has allocated $508 million to 41 states for its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and 600 jobs have been created or retained.

One year into the three-year program, 9,000 homes have had energy audits and received some kind of upgrade. The goal is to weatherize 150,000 homes by 2013 and save consumers $65 million annually on energy bills.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it’s too early to declare the program a failure.

Yeah. That’s because a) he’s a Democrat, and b) he’s a product of the public school system so he can’t do basic arithmetic. If 1/3 = 9000, 3/3 <> 150,000. No way in heck.

“We may have to adjust how we market it and the incentives we provide,” McGinn said. “Nobody has really cracked the green jobs code.”

Contractors who do the energy audits and home retrofits blame government for getting in the way. To be a participating business in Seattle, the contractor is required to pay workers $21 an hour with full benefits, including retirement pay. But according to several small business owners in the area, the prevailing wage for new workers who lay insulation is $12. per hour.

McGinn, however, insisted that allowing contractors to pay anything less than what the city has declared a ‘living wage’, amounts to a ‘race to the bottom’ for jobs.

It would also be a race to actually do some real work with all that fiscal largess, an action that is outside the mission statement parameters for the stimulus funding paradigm.

But Myers and others say the biggest problem with the program is government is trying to create a market that consumers don’t want. The average homeowner in the U.S. pays about $2,000 a year for energy.

The weatherization upgrades are aimed at saving 15 percent on energy consumption. If the retrofit costs $10,000 even with all the government incentives, it will take over 30 years to pay off through lower energy bills.

“The problem is the policies the politicians choose, whether green jobs or retrofits, are based on appearance,” Myers said. “They choose things that look good, rather than what’s best for the environment.”

Among the other cities having trouble fulfilling the green jobs promise are Toledo, Kansas City and Phoenix. So far, those cities have created a combined 72 jobs with $65 million in grants.

Yeah baby, yeah! That’s an even better deal than those poofters up in Starbucks land came up with. 3 major cities, $65 million: 72 jobs. Horry Clap, that’s $903,000 per job, somewhere north of $434/hour.

Sign me up. Hell, sign us all up. BMEWS Insulation Services, going green for the long haul. And the long green.

Saved or retained my ass. The whole !*$(ing stimulus thing is one gigantic pile of crap. “Shovel ready” indeed.


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