President Joe Biden signed yet another series of executive orders as of Wednesday, according to The Western Journal.
“Today is ‘Climate Day’ at the White House,” he told reporters.
“Which means that today is ‘Jobs Day’ at the White House.”
“We see these workers building new buildings, installing 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations across the country as we modernize our highway systems to adapt to the changes that have already taken place. … We’re going to harness the purchasing power of the federal government to buy clean, zero-emission vehicles that are made and sourced by union workers right here in America. … This will mean one million new jobs in the American automobile industry. One million.”
Biden was called by the AP for his claim that the implementation of his administration’s new green initiatives will create one million new jobs in the auto industry.
According to the AP fact check, Biden omitted “important context and used fuzzy math” to arrive at this conclusion.
They added, “that’s actually far from certain, if not unlikely.” One million new jobs would mean “a doubling” of the number of current auto jobs.
Kristin Dziczek, VP at the Center for Automotive Research, said Biden’s claim “isn’t well defined” and will be “a heavy lift.”
“Anybody who tells you it’s all positive for jobs — you can’t say one way or the other at this point,” she said.
“If more Americans drive electric vehicles, then it stands that fewer will drive gas-powered ones,” the AP explained.
“And because electric vehicles generally have 30% to 40% fewer parts and are simpler to build, fewer workers will be needed to assemble them. That will require a reshuffling of jobs, as workers who once made engines, transmissions and other components for gas-powered cars have to switch to electric motors and batteries.”
Sam Abuelsamid, the principal analyst for Guidehouse Insights, told the AP, “Because they [electric cars] are simpler, you’re probably going to have far fewer people working in vehicle manufacturing than you have today.” He also noted that “it’s far easier to automate manufacturing of battery cells and packs, which could reduce job levels even more.”
The AP found that “automakers pay workers who assemble batteries less than they pay those who manufacture vehicles.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry said, “You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before covid was solar power technician. The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice. And similarly, you have the second-fastest-growing job pre-covid was wind turbine technician.”
“Solar power technician,” expected to grow by 50.5 percent between 2019 and 2029.
Kessler points out minor errors in those statements. For instance, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage of the fastest-growing occupations, “wind turbine technician” takes the number one spot. This occupation is expected to grow by 60.7 percent between 2019 and 2029.
Kessler writes, “at the White House, Kerry mentioned these statistics in the context of coal mining jobs — “The same people can do those jobs” — which before the pandemic amounted to [a total of] about 50,000 jobs (and [of those] about 30,000 below surface).”
According to the BLS statistics, the number of wind turbine technicians will grow from 7,000 to 11,300 in ten years, an increase of 4,300 jobs. Likewise, the number of solar power technicians will grow from 12,000 to 18,100, adding 6,100. These two occupations will add 10,400 new jobs to the economy.
“In fact,” he writes, “when we tried to find solar and wind on another BLS list — jobs ranked by projected annual openings through 2029 — we had to scroll past about 600 occupations before we landed on solar installers, with an average of 2,300 openings a year. Wind turbine jobs, with a projected average of 1,300 openings a year, was even further down the list.”
Kessler found that “the median wage of coal miners in 2019 was about $59,000. The median wage for wind turbine technicians and solar installers was about $53,000 and $45,000, respectively.”
Sam Ricketts said, “Biden’s economic agenda is his climate agenda; his climate agenda is his economic agenda.”
From The Western Journal:
Kessler’s point is that the number of new jobs expected in solar and wind jobs will not make up for the lost jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
Neither wind nor solar jobs appear on a BLS list of the 30 occupations with the highest projected growth rates, Kessler notes.
Finally, “moderate-term on-the-job training” is necessary to become a solar technician and “long-term on-the-job training” to become a wind turbine technician.
Lying with numbers and statistics is one of the easiest things in the world to do. I recall having to read a book for a college course on the subject called, “How to Lie with Statistics” which showed how numbers can be manipulated to say almost anything one wants them to say.
The reality is that “Climate Day” is not “Jobs Day.” The Biden Administration will sacrifice American jobs in a heartbeat to advance their climate change agenda. He already has. On his first day in office, Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which killed thousands of high-paying jobs.