I’m just suspicious by nature, I suppose. For example:
I wouldn’t be surprised if the jobs created when Nordic Windpower grabbed $16,000,000 from US taxpayers under a July, 2009 DOE loan guarantee to expand its US wind turbine production at their Idaho plant were counted positively under the Recovery Act.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the layoffs which will occur due to Nordic Windpower’s closing of the very same plant will roll over into that huge glob of unemployed, and there will be no adjustment to the number of jobs created or saved. I bet they don’t even have to pay us back!
I wouldn’t be surprised if the 200 new jobs resulting from the Missouri Governor’s generous gift of $5.6 million of taxpayer money in the form of incentives for the company to make the move, will show on some ledger as jobs created.
No doubt the Obama Administration will gladly accept the jobs as new and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see the AWEA make the claim of increased jobs, as well. Wait for it!
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if every time the temporary contractors leave one wind project for the next, they are counted as brand new jobs.
But, like I said, I’m just suspicious by nature.