In light of Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, calling Spain’s failed green job program an “anomaly,” it is important to remember what President Barack Obama once said about Spain’s subsidizing of green jobs.
Institute for Energy Research posted a montage video almost one year ago, where President Obama actually touted Spain as an example of having a successful green jobs program. In January of 2009, Mr. Obama scolded the U.S. for being behind a country like Spain in implementing a green jobs program. However, Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, told reporters this week that Spain’s green job program failed as a result of being an “anomaly” among other countries that he considered to have successful green job programs. Apparently, both Democrats are not on the same page of what is considered a failure and a success, but one is pushing a national energy tax in the Senate and the other is more than willing to sign it at the White House.
June 15, 2010
AUDIO - John Kerry: Senator Kerry: Spain’s failed green job program was an ‘anomaly’
“If you look at other European countries, it depends entirely on exactly how committed they were and how far they were willing to go in terms of the breadth of the program,” he said.
“You have some anomalies in some countries where they began slowly. They didn’t have the right incentives, they over-subsidized a couple of different things— we’ve learned something from some of those mistakes, but I’m confident that the way we’re approaching this is really private sector determined. That’s the key here.”
January 16, 2009
“And think of what’s happening in countries like Spain, Germany and Japan, where they’re making real investments in renewable energy. They’re surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries.
This isn’t because they’re smarter than us, or work harder than us, or are more innovative than we are. It’s because their governments have harnessed their people’s hard work and ingenuity with bold investments – investments that are paying off in good, high-wage jobs – jobs they won’t lose to other countries.”