Experts red-hot over green jobs

Although hundreds of millions in federal stimulus dollars are been funneled to the Bay State to create so-called green jobs, no government definition of “green job” exists, leaving watchdogs suspicious that tax money is being shoveled into projects that have little to do with the environment.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is working to establish an official definition, but it won’t be finalized until next year, an official said. The bureau itself is spending $8 million in stimulus funds just to define and quantify “green jobs.”

“It’s a triumph of public relations over economic analysis,” said David G. Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute policy group at Suffolk University.

Of the $80 billion being spent nationwide on green jobs as part of the Obama administration’s $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $500 million has been sent to Massachusetts, a federal official said. Among the projects receiving “green” money are the renovations to the IRS center in Andover, major courthouses and numerous municipal buildings.

See the full story by Renee Dudley on the Boston Herald.