Marathon Pundit John Ruberry has the unfortunate pleasure of having known socialist Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky as his representative in the House. This morning on a radio station in Chicago, she said losing all the jobs Keystone would have created really isn’t that big a deal:
Illinois’ unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, which is more than a percentage point higher than the national rate.
But my congresswoman, liberal Democrat Jan Schakowsky, dismisses our nation’s largest ‘shovel-ready’ project, the Keystone XL pipeline which will create 20,000 jobs and bring petroleum from friendly Canada and lessen our dependence on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. Keystone will also create 100,000 support positions.
On Don Wade & Roma’s WLS-AM show this morning, Schakowsky told the hosts, “Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs [emphasis mine] and investing in green technologies will produce that and more.”
I guess it depends on if you were one of the 20,000 who really needed a job. It’s also worth noting that the socialists in Spain experimented with green energy jobs as well.
Since 2000, Spain spent 571,138 euros on each green job, including subsidies of more than 1 million euros per job in the wind industry.
The programs creating those jobs destroyed nearly 110,500 jobs elsewhere in the economy (2.2 jobs destroyed for every green job created).
But don’t worry. Spain just didn’t implement the socialism right. We’ll do it better over here. Just ask any liberal.