News : Green jobs reality in New Hampshire defies campaign rhetoric

Jan 10, 2012

Published in The Portsmouth Herald

By David Anderson

In 2008, the presidential nominees for both major political parties agreed on one thing: that clean energy could create green jobs across the nation.

"With green technologies, we can create thousands, millions of new jobs in America," said Arizona's Republican Sen. John McCain, whose win that year in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary set the stage for a successful run for the Republican Party's nomination. 

Then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama similarly pledge to "establish a green energy sector that will create up to 5 million new jobs over the next two decades."

A lot can change in four years.

"The 'green' technologies are typically far too expensive to compete in the marketplace, and studies have shown that for every 'green' job created there are actually more jobs destroyed," Mitt Romney now claims in his jobs plan...

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