Wal-Mart has caused as much unemployment with its practice of undercutting small businesses in every town it opens in
Plus not offering a "living wage" to those they do employ.
As a former employee of a National Laboratory. I take exception to your figure of 16,000 DOE employees. Hey, I loved working there, but talk about bureaucracy!
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
Add in the almost 94,000
"contract" workers at the following sites, + the NNSA which was supposed to replace
DOE, but now oversee's it.
OUR tax dollars at work!
Albany Research Center
Argonne National Laboratory
Bannister Federal Complex
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory - focuses on the design and development of nuclear power for the U.S. Navy.
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Center for Functional Nanomaterials (under design or construction)
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (under design or construction)
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
Center for Nanoscale Materials (under design or construction)
Environmental Measurements Laboratory (now affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory
Kansas City Plant
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory - operates for Naval Reactors Program Research under the DOE - DOE facility, not a National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
National Petroleum Technology Office
Nevada Test Site
New Brunswick Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Office of Fossil Energy
Office of River Protection (Hanford Site)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
Savannah River National Laboratory
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Y-12 National Security Complex
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository