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May 10, 2011
President Barack Obama’s administration has frequently presented "green collar" jobs as one benefit of its renewable energy subsidies, but almost two years into those programs, the signs are that few permanent jobs have been created.
That’s largely because the programs have focused on power generation, rather than manufacturing, which tends to create less employment. But the government has also run up against global competition, especially from China, which is able to make renewable energy components such as solar panels at a much lower cost than in the U.S., even with subsidies…