Benn Steil and Dinah Walker at the Council of Foreign Relations have crunched the “green” energy numbers one more way. We’ve seen the total cost and the cost per kilowatt, but they’ve calculated the cost per job in taxpayer support.
Obama promised 5 million “green” jobs, but he’s come nowhere close even if you count garbage collectors, bus drivers and EPA clerks. Steil and Walker calculate the number of wind, solar, and nuclear jobs at about 250,000.
When you look at the tax breaks and grants from taxpayers by energy source, they found: “The bottom line is that green-energy jobs cost taxpayers, on average, 15 times more than oil, gas, and coal jobs. Wind-backed jobs cost 25 times more.”
This is what it looks like: