It’s been over three years since Obama’s promise to use the power of his administration to usher in a new era of green jobs, but green energy companies don’t seem pleased with what they’ve received. The New York Times reported Thursday that “wind and solar companies are telling Congress that they cannot be truly competitive and keep creating jobs without a few more years of government support.” Though Obama has pledged to continue his support by pushing for a new set of tax credits for renewable energy companies, the Times is pessimistic about its chances, citing an acute lack of political support for renewable energy in Washington.This should hardly come as a surprise. The green jobs boom has been slow in coming even as brown job growth in Texas and North Dakota have allowed their states to weather the recession much better than the rest of the country.The green jobs folks by contrast don’t seem able create products that could survive the open market. Supporters claim that this isn’t about picking winners and losers, and they are half right. So far, the green jobs subsidies have been pretty consistently picking losers. Winners haven’t been part of the mix.Via Meadia likes the idea of government supported basic research in the energy field as well as in others. But the evidence so far, with failed solar companies and battery makers littering the landscape, is that the green energy people weren’t ready for prime time.