[FACTCHECK] Stimulus Outsourced Jobs

From Energy Fact Check

CLAIM: The stimulus bill’s support for clean, renewable energy sent jobs overseas.

FACT: Even the author most cited to support this claim says it’s not true. The stimulus has supported tens of thousands of jobs and billions in investment for renewable energy technologies.

Russ Choma of American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, who is often cited by critics of the stimulus bill’s clean, renewable energy policies, told the Washington Post on July 12 that his reporting actually showed no evidence of jobs being sent overseas. (Source: Washington Post, http://wapo.st/S96Mys)

According to Choma: “I don’t think we saw anything that indicated the Obama administration pushed jobs overseas. What we found is that a large portion of the money from that program was given to foreign-owned companies to build wind farms here in the United States. We found those projects did create jobs here in the United States in construction and operation of those wind farms, but in many instances, the farms used turbines that may have been manufactured overseas. In many cases, manufacturers told us that domestically manufactured turbines were not available. When we last reported on the issue, we found that more and more domestic companies were getting involved, but I can’t say what the situation is today.”

The situation today – and since the stimulus bill was passed – is strong and getting stronger, and includes thousands of domestic jobs.

•  A study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that the DOE Section 1603 program supported 43,000 to 66,000 jobs every year by from 2009 to 2011. (Source: NREL, http://1.usa.gov/Idmhyt)

•  Domestic growth in the renewable sector is booming. Since 2011, U.S. wind generation has increased by nearly 30%. (Source: Energy Information Administration, http://bit.ly/zMPtn0)

•  Investment is also growing: clean energy investment in the United States experienced a 42% increase from 2010 to 2011, to the tune of $48.1 billion. (Source: Pew Charitable Trusts / Bloomberg New Energy Finance, http://bit.ly/HtRYoB)

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6 Responses to “[FACTCHECK] Stimulus Outsourced Jobs”

  1. Great information.

    Republicans can tout their limited government ideology all they want, but I wish they would do so without lying. Obama’s stimulus was very well managed with almost zero fraud and no outsourcing.

    • That is what is needed… some overarching accountability for this trend of outright lying for political gain. It’s made worse with so many getting their “news” from so many questionable sources. Because of that the lies become fact for so many making it nearly impossible to break through with reality.
      As a result voters elect officials and representatives based on lies.

  2. I can’t go one commercial break without seeing an ad buy from the Romney campaign or the RNC. If it isn’t the stimulus money nonsense that’s insanely debunked it’s not funny, it’s the “You didn’t build this” commercial, which just got smacked around by the reality of the company featured having been founded using SBA loans and grant programs, as well as other programs to promote US businesses. The same programs which a Romney administration would end, as laid out in his own economic plan.


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