Rep. Whitfield vs. Reality: Spanish Green Jobs Study

April 23, 2009 1:37 pm ET

On April 23, 2009, Live Blog on Gop.gov posted a question from Rep. Ed Whitfield regarding the green jobs created by the proposed government spending. However, neither Rep. Whitfield nor the powers that be at GOP.gov bothered to do a little background check on the issue at hand.  If they had, it would have become clear that Rep. Whitfield's question misrepresents the results of a study that was produced by a libertarian think tank that has received funding from Exxon Mobil.

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Rep. Whitfield: "But for every job created in the renewable energy sector, so-called green job, that they lost 2.2 jobs. And this is a 50-page empirical study that he conducted. And I was just, have either one of you seen his study?" [Gop.gov, 4/23/09]

Reality: The lead writer for Wall Street Journal's Environmental Capital blog wrote: "But the study doesn't actually identify those jobs allegedly destroyed by renewable-energy spending. What the study actually says is that government spending on renewable energy is less than half as efficient at job creation as private-sector spending." [Wall Street Journal, 3/30/09]

Rep. Whitfield: "I wanted to ask you all, you Mr. Chu particularly and Ms. Jackson, if you had read Gabriel Alvarez' study." [Gop.gov, 4/23/09]

Reality: The lead writer for Wall Street Journal's Environmental Capital blog wrote: "And just where did that study come from? Professor Gabriel Calzada is the founder and president of the Fundacion Juan de Mariana, a libertarian think tank founded in 2005. He's also a fellow of the Center for New Europe, a Brussels-based libertarian think tank that in recent years apparently accepted funding from Exxon Mobil." [Wall Street Journal, 3/30/09; emphasis added]

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