Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scenes from An Earth Day Hearing...

Classic stuff, as Obama's staffers humiliate themselves with their complete lack of understanding about what they're doing, or what they're talking about:

From the House Energy & Commerce Committee, April 23rd...first, let's ask about all those "millions of jobs" that will be created by moving to a "green" economy:

REP. STEVE SCALISE, R-La.: Administrator Jackson, in your opening statement you talked about the jobs that would be created – green jobs that would be created under a cap-and-trade bill. Can you quantify how many jobs you estimate would be created under this legislation?

MS. JACKSON: I believe what I said, sir, is that this is a jobs bill and that the discussion draft bill in its entirety is aimed to jumpstart our move into the green economy.

REP. SCALISE: And I think you quoted President Obama saying that it was his opinion that he would – that this bill would create millions of jobs. I think you used the term “millions.” Is there anything that you can base your determination on how many jobs will be created?

MS. JACKSON: EPA has not done a model or any kind of modeling on jobs creation numbers.

So they pulled the term "millions" out of their ass, in order to sell a program that should be DOA. Shoot, why didn't they just use "billions", just like Master Obama?

Another one, on jobs and "Cap-and-Trade":

REP. SCALISE: And, I mean, while you might not be a jobs expert, you’re obviously talking about, you know, and touting this bill as a jobs bill. If you would claim that it would create jobs, are you making an assumption that it won’t lose any jobs, that no jobs will be lost? Or if you don’t make that claim, how many jobs would you expect to be lost? Because groups have made very large claims. I mean, the National Association of Manufacturers claims our country would lose 3 to 4 million jobs as a result of a cap and trade energy tax.

MS. JACKSON: I know that lobbyists keep playing large doomsday scenarios – quiet deaths for businesses across the country. That’s what lobbyists said about the Clean Air Act in 1990 and it didn’t happen. In fact, the U.S. economy grew 64 percent……

REP. JOHN SHIMKUS, R-Illinois: Let me ask Administrator Jackson. Do you know how many jobs – coal miner jobs were lost in Ohio because of the Clean Air Act amendments which you were addressing earlier?

MS. JACKSON: No, sir.

REP. SHIMKUS: Thirty-five-thousand.

Based on the Spanish model (also discussed at the link), if 2.2 jobs are lost for every one "green" job gained, Ohio can expect to have over 15,000 new jobs to cover the next 35,000 "old jobs" that will be lost....calculate that figure nationwide and you get....job growth, according to Obama and the media.

And how is Obama pitching in? By burning 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to scold people about the enviornment:

The press office at Andrews AFB wouldn’t give me the fuel consumption numbers for the 747 that serves as Air Force One without the approval of the White House Press Office, which as I write this has yet to be given.

But Boeing says its 747 burns about 5 gallons of fuel per mile. It’s 895 miles from Washington to Des Moines, so a round trip brings the fuel consumption for the fixed-wing portion of the President’s trip to 8,950 gallons.

Add in his four chopper flights, and you get to 9,100 miles in one day, to make a speech in front of some wind turbines, where $17/hr jobs"green jobs" have replaced $40/hr jobs at the old Maytag plant. Progress, Obama style.

Hypocrisy, too. An average citizen could drive a lumbering SUV getting a mere 16 MPG for over 12 years (working, driving kds around, you know - people stuff) and create the same carbon footprint that Obama established in one day.

But he's the King, and you're a plebe, so hand it over and get into an overpriced, undersized hybrid...

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