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The Green Jobs Myth. Not only do they not create jobs, they also cost more.
Forbes ^ | 04/12/2011 | Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren

Posted on 04/12/2011 6:24:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

One gets the sense from the rhetoric coming out of the Obama administration that the main road to recovery and future economic growth will be paved by an energetic federal commitment to renewable energy (often referred to as "green" energy). Such a state-directed campaign, they tell us, will create millions of new jobs and cement America's global economic leadership in the 21st century. If they really believe this, we're in a lot of trouble.

On its face, the argument that green energy is more labor intensive than "brown" (fossil fuel and nuclear) energy is dubious. After all, once the wind turbines or photovoltaic panels are put in place, there's no need to mine the earth for fuel and, unless the windmills or panels break down a lot, there's little call for large numbers of workers to keep the generators running.

This is the first clue that something is amiss in the ubiquitous "green jobs" studies that are constantly forwarded to support green energy mandates and subsidies. Careful examination reveals that those studies don't even bother to tally the number of brown energy jobs that might be lost in the transition. Hence, there's no evidence at all that a green energy future would yield more energy jobs than the status quo.

Even if we could find evidence that green energy is more labor intensive than its brown counterpart, that's an argument against green energy because one does not go about creating wealth by maximizing the inputs associated with production. Were that the case, one might suggest that future green energy facilities (and brown, for that matter) be built without any mechanized construction equipment whatsoever--only hand tools allowed!

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: greenenergy; jobs

1 posted on 04/12/2011 6:24:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

2 posted on 04/12/2011 6:27:50 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap.)
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To: steelyourfaith

The “green” job most people support is one that puts “green” into their wallets at the end of the week.


3 posted on 04/12/2011 6:41:26 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have yet to hear a prominent Conservative throw this wind and solar panel crap back in the face of the Left...it is a fact that, without storage technology that does not yet exist, wind and solar are neither sources of base load power or peaking power. As such, they are worthless as power sources...for every wind mill or solar panel there will have to be a duplicate power infrastructure to pick up the load on those gray and windless days. Off topic, I want to see our side blow this word ‘investment’ out of the water. The Left uses it as code for spending and we let them get away with it...since past government ‘investments’ have led us to where we are, it proves that bureaucrats are damn poor investors.


4 posted on 04/12/2011 6:42:01 AM PDT by dogcaller
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To: SeekAndFind

I have yet to hear a prominent Conservative throw this wind and solar panel crap back in the face of the Left...it is a fact that, without storage technology that does not yet exist, wind and solar are neither sources of base load power or peaking power. As such, they are worthless as power sources...for every wind mill or solar panel there will have to be a duplicate power infrastructure to pick up the load on those gray and windless days. Off topic, I want to see our side blow this word ‘investment’ out of the water. The Left uses it as code for spending and we let them get away with it...since past government ‘investments’ have led us to where we are, it proves that bureaucrats are damn poor investors.


5 posted on 04/12/2011 6:42:04 AM PDT by dogcaller
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Sorry about the double post...mouse is hanging up.


6 posted on 04/12/2011 6:43:09 AM PDT by dogcaller
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To: SeekAndFind

The article appears to give very logical and provable reasons why the green jobs theory is simply myth and a matter of faith rather than reason.

If we let the left shove this green mythology up our energy arse, we’re fracked.


7 posted on 04/12/2011 6:55:16 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“The American Enterprise Institute said, “Green programs in Spain destroyed 2.2 jobs for every green job created, while the capital needed for one green job in Italy could create almost five jobs in the general economy.”
After he was asked by the ominously titled “Copenhagen Consensus Center” to analyze the impact of alternatiEnergy Economist Gürcan Gülen said, green jobs “cannot be defended as another benefit” of alternative energy.
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However, the government is robbing the American citizens in order to pander to the ludicrous dreams of environmentalists. Environmentalists completely ignore the facts of reality, and it is flat out evil to force people to support them.”

http://www.rationalpublicradio.com/the-green-jobs-fantasy.html

8 posted on 04/12/2011 6:58:06 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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take solace in the fact that nearly all public surveys (and not just here in the US) show them losing ground in a big way with public belief in this crap. It really has them nervous.


9 posted on 04/12/2011 6:58:53 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm a fan of nuclear energy but I couldn't help chuckling just a little bit when, a few days after the disaster in Japan, the good news was that "electricity had been restored to the plant" and efforts to pump sufficient amounts of water into the reactor were restored.

Even nuclear power plants can't exist without carbon fired electricity!

10 posted on 04/12/2011 7:03:05 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Green Jobs Myth. Not only do they not create jobs, they also cost more.

If "green" was worth doing, you wouldn't need to market it as green to get people to do it. All green job by definition kill jobs, and all green products underperform the regular alternative product.

11 posted on 04/12/2011 9:13:34 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bad ideas are like bad kids if they are yours you still love them,see Obama&Co.


12 posted on 04/12/2011 10:13:04 AM PDT by Vaduz
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