Thursday, February 11, 2010

Breaking Wind Promises

Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.

So Where Are the Jobs?

"Most of the jobs are going overseas," said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He analyzed which foreign firms had accepted the most stimulus money. "According to our estimates, about 6,000 jobs have been created overseas, and maybe a couple hundred have been created in the U.S."

Even with the infusion of so much stimulus money, a recent report by American Wind Energy Association showed a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs last year.

2 billion dollars spent on wind energy accompanied by a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs... I realize that the Stimulus Bill was about liberal pet projects, but surely we could get more stimulus out of 2 billion dollars than - fewer jobs!


1 comment:

Christina said...

Very nice title...and very frustrating subject.