Debra J. Saunders

The green lobby has tried this tack before. The Brookings Institution also employed a generous definition and still had to report that between 2003 and 2010, green jobs grew at a slower rate (3.4 percent annually) than the national economy (4.2 percent).

Grassley rightly argues, "Instead of focusing more money on this failed program, we need to focus on job creation in all sectors of the economy."

Unfortunately, the White House thought that it could stimulate the economy by rewarding favored donors and pet green causes, only to find that you can't build an economic recovery on a bubble of phantom jobs.

Debra J. Saunders

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