According to two different fact-checkers, the Biden administration is not being honest about their climate plan potentially costing millions of jobs that will not ultimately be replaced.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden — who routinely criticized his predecessor for making outlandish claims — said his climate plan could generate “1 million new jobs in the American automobile industry,” creating a surplus in the field despite overhauling federal standards for carbon emissions and requiring new electric vehicles.
From the Associated Press:
There’s plenty of skepticism about this claim. At least some of those new auto-related jobs would come at the expense of current ones. Auto industry analysts don’t see how a net gain of 1 million jobs in that sector can come from Biden’s plan.
One million new jobs in the auto industry is a highly ambitious goal that would mean more than doubling the number of workers now employed in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing.
Many analysts and the United Auto Workers union, in fact, have warned that electric vehicle manufacturing probably will mean fewer net auto-making jobs.
President Joe Biden’s climate czar John Kerry echoed the claims that the new plan could create “one million new jobs,” but the Associated Press reports that figure is “far from certain, if not unlikely.”
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“You know, 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,” Kerry said this week. “The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice. Similarly, you have the second fastest growing job pre-COVID was wind turbine technician.”
Another fact check, this time from the Washington Post, described Kerry’s comments as “misleading” and said that the lost jobs will not be replaced.
From the report:
For the purposes of this fact check, we’re more interested in how many jobs are represented by those percentages. After all, 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 about 50,000 jobs (and about 30,000 below surface). Could these solar and wind jobs match that number?
In sum, no.
Wind turbine jobs are projected to go up by 4,300, from 7,000 to 11,300 in 10 years. The solar installer jobs are projected to go up 6,100, from 12,000 to 18,100. That’s a total increase of just 10,400 jobs — leaving 20,000 coal workers still toiling in the mines.