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A green-jobs tale, blowing in the wind

March 3, 2010 | 11:41 am
For a brief period last spring, a university study out of Spain whipped up excitement among Republicans on Capitol Hill -- and brought heartburn to environmentalists and renewable-energy lobbyists in the process - because it purported to show that government support for "green jobs," a signature push by the Obama administration, ultimately hurts employment more than it helps.

Several months after the study was released, a branch of the Energy Department released an unusual research paper: a direct attack on the Spanish study and its key findings.

The "rebuttal" paper was funded by taxpayers and launched in response to government researchers' discussions with concerned renewable energy boosters. This is the tale, from internal Energy Department emails, of how it came to exist. Read here for more.

--Jim Tankersley
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