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Below the radar for many...

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Congress Reviews Labor Department's Jobs Reporting Practices

Members also asked about how the Department comes up with statistics for so-called green jobs.
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Arghhh...testimony by John Galvin, Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

ISSA: If you sweep the floor in a solar panel facility, is that a green job?

GALVIN: Yes.

ISSA: If you drive a hybrid bus, public transportation, is that a green job?

GALVIN: According to our definition, yes.

ISSA: What about just any school bus driver?

GALVIN: (pause) Yes.

ISSA: What about the guy who puts gas in the school bus?

GALVIN: Yes.

ISSA: How about employees at a bicycle shop?

GALVIN: I guess I'm not sure about that.

ISSA: The answer is yes, according to your definition. What about someone who works at an antique dealer?

GALVIN: I'm not sure about that, either.

ISSA: The answer is yes. Those are "recycled goods." What about someone who works at the Salvation Army in their clothing recycling and furniture?

GALVIN: Right, because they're selling recycled goods.

ISSA: What about workers at a consignment shop?

GALVIN: That's a green job.

ISSA: Does the teenage kid who works full time at a used record shop count?

GALVIN: (irritated) Yes.

ISSA: Do garbage men have green jobs?

GALVIN: Yes.

ISSA: How about an oil lobbyist? Wouldn't an oil lobbyist count as having a green job if they're engaged in advocacy related to environmental issues?

GALVIN: Yes.

ISSA: Thank you.

WIth everything riding on saving the planet, this is the best we can do to defend the imperative to get us off of fossil fuels and promote real green jobs?  

Count what counts.  Do what needs to be done.  This is not the way to "fool" the system when the Repugs are out to get us...

Wake Up!

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