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How Green Is Your Lost Job?
IBD Editorials ^ | March 1, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/01/2011 4:55:56 PM PST by Kaslin

Power: A study of renewable energy in Scotland shows that for every job created in the alternative energy sector, almost four jobs are lost in the rest of the economy. We've seen this movie before.

Not only has the sun set on the British Empire, but the promise of wind apparently is deserting it as well. A new study called "Worth The Candle?" by the consulting firm Verso Economics confirms the experience of Spain and other countries: The creation of "green" jobs destroys other jobs through the diversion of resources and the denial of abundant sources of fossil fuel energy.

The economic candle in the U.K. is being blown out by wind power. The Verso study finds that after the annual diversion of some 330 million British pounds from the rest of the U.K. economy, the result has been the destruction of 3.7 jobs for every "green" job created.

The study concludes that the "policy to promote renewable energy in the U.K. has an opportunity cost of 10,000 direct jobs in 2009-10 and 1,200 jobs in Scotland." So British taxpayers, as is the case here in the U.S., are being forced to subsidize a net loss of jobs in a struggling economy.

"There's a big emphasis in Scotland on the economic opportunity of investing in renewable energy," says study co-author and Verso research director Richard Walsh. "Whatever the environmental merits, we have shown that the case for green jobs just doesn't stack up."

(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alternativeenergy; britain; economy; energy; envirofascism; greeenergy; greenjobs; ibd; liberalfascism; renewableenergy; renewables; scotland; spain; wind; windpower

1 posted on 03/01/2011 4:55:58 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

And it is REAL PEOPLE who lose these jobs, not statistical entities. How many lives has phony science destroyed?


2 posted on 03/01/2011 5:03:04 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: Kaslin

If going “green” were such a great idea, some EEEEVIL capitalist would have thought of it a long time ago and made a fortune on it. Instead, the “green” movement costs jobs and makes our lives cold, dark, toxic, and miserable.


3 posted on 03/01/2011 5:05:41 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: steelyourfaith; Nachum; markomalley; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

Ping


4 posted on 03/01/2011 5:31:54 PM PST by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: Kaslin
Digging into this article I found the following at a limey site, slightly modified for the changed location :

I met a fairy today that said she would grant me one wish.
"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"

"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after all the Members of Congress (both houses) get their heads out of their arses!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy, after a brief pause.

5 posted on 03/01/2011 5:43:39 PM PST by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: Kaslin

A big part of the reason Spain is in the shape its in is because it dumped billions into different alternate energy projects over the years.


6 posted on 03/01/2011 5:48:17 PM PST by Bean Counter (Your what hurts...??)
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To: Kaslin
"Green jobs" = subsidies for Democrat investors; nothing more.
7 posted on 03/01/2011 6:03:20 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: raptor22; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy; TenthAmendmentChampion; FrPR; enough_idiocy; ...
Thanx raptor22 !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

8 posted on 03/01/2011 6:19:33 PM PST by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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To: PaleoBob
How many lives has phony science destroyed?

Including DDT and eugenics, hundreds of millions.

9 posted on 03/01/2011 6:32:54 PM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: Carry_Okie

Global scam of the century.


10 posted on 03/01/2011 6:42:16 PM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Carry_Okie

My V8 Toyota averaged 21 mpg this time last year. Now it gets 17 burning food. Am I missing something here?


11 posted on 03/01/2011 7:13:02 PM PST by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: glock rocks

The heat content (energy) contained in ethanol is about 15% less than regular gasoline.


12 posted on 03/01/2011 7:21:22 PM PST by Ferndale (Seniors are fiscal conservatives as long as their benefits are not affected.)
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To: glock rocks
V8 Toyota averaged 21 mpg this time last year. Now it gets 17 burning food. Am I missing something here?

Not a bit. This summer, we rented a Chrysler Town and Country van for a month-long vacation. We drove it 9,000 miles across the entire country and back. The $3.65/gal 87 octane gas we bought in California got us 17-18 mpg at 65mph. The $2.25/gal 85 octane gas we bought in Texas got us 24-25 mpg at 80mph. Effectively, California gas cost us half again what Texas gas was costing us while saving us considerable time.

13 posted on 03/01/2011 7:22:29 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: glock rocks

The atomic weight of octane is about 160 and atomic weight of ethanol is about 40. However the heat of combustion is the important factor, but it doesn’t measure up either.


14 posted on 03/01/2011 7:25:22 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: boop

Wind power is the Greenie’s way of telling Capitalism to go fly a kite.


15 posted on 03/01/2011 7:31:20 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: glock rocks

V8 ? Too good


16 posted on 03/01/2011 8:45:36 PM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: glock rocks

Yes. The ethanol-based gasoline substitute also ruins your engine. My mechanic strongly advises against using it, especially during the summer. My car runs weakly on the stuff with an awful sound and poor acceleration (and poor quasi-fuel mileage). After following his advice (getting real gasoline on the winter blend), my car returned to running normally.

But the ethanol-as-quasi-fuel-substitute-additive policy achieves all of the following goals of this Administration and therefore by extension of the American people who so enthusiastically elected Barack Hussein Obama:

* reduces the food supply, inducing widespread hunger, starvation, and mortality
* ruins engines, reducing the economic production and personal pleasure achieved through their use
* increases the cost of fuel, causing price inflation while discouraging travel and increasing risk involved in productive activity
* contributing generally to economic decline, unemployment, and inflation


17 posted on 03/01/2011 8:49:15 PM PST by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: chiller

LOL. Yah, it’s from Tokyo. UAW content = 0.


18 posted on 03/01/2011 8:50:58 PM PST by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: dufekin; Carry_Okie

Indeed. My Honda snow thrower was a bitch to start this winter. I didn’t figure it out until I read a thread on the sorry attributes of what I was feeding it. Turns out there’s a Sinclair station a couple miles away that sells real fuel. I’ll get a few jerry cans down there to feed the snow machine, and mower when it warms up. It may be a dime a gallon more, but I’ll feed the Toyo over there from now on as well.


19 posted on 03/01/2011 9:21:06 PM PST by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: glock rocks

Let me warn you there: some engineers in my office have concluded that EPA regulations make using a “jerry can” for its intended purpose (to contain gasoline) without special federal permits constitutes a felony violation of the Clean Air Act. EPA mercifully hasn’t initiated any known enforcement yet, but that doesn’t mean that the feds won’t quash your aspirations.


20 posted on 03/01/2011 9:25:01 PM PST by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: dufekin

They’ll have to take Lowe’s down as a co-conspirator. I wouldn’t put it past these morons.


21 posted on 03/01/2011 9:28:32 PM PST by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: dufekin
Let me warn you there: some engineers in my office have concluded that EPA regulations make using a “jerry can” for its intended purpose (to contain gasoline) without special federal permits constitutes a felony violation of the Clean Air Act. EPA mercifully hasn’t initiated any known enforcement yet, but that doesn’t mean that the feds won’t quash your aspirations.

I'm not sure putting illegal alien tree crews and gardeners out of business is high on their list.

22 posted on 03/01/2011 9:29:38 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: dufekin

Send this to Newt, will you? Maybe he will stop pandering to Iowa farmers.


23 posted on 03/01/2011 10:51:48 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: glock rocks

I was actually wondering about vitamin and calorie content in the V8 rather than horsepower for your V8


24 posted on 03/02/2011 4:14:29 AM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: glock rocks

I was actually wondering about vitamin and calorie content in the V8 rather than horsepower for your V8. :)


25 posted on 03/02/2011 4:19:51 AM PST by chiller ( EVERY Democrat on EVERY level must go)
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To: Kaslin

The article misses the entire point.

Green energy is to replace fossil energy. That is all that matters. Collateral loss of other jobs is totally irrelevant.


26 posted on 03/02/2011 4:28:09 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Kaslin

Bump.


27 posted on 03/03/2011 5:46:35 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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