The Global Myth Of Green Jobs

The wishful thinking of Green jobs creation, here the results of Obamas green jobs plan

One of the frequently repeated mantras of the warming alarmists is that Green energy creates a thriving Green economy and Green jobs, the global evidence tells a different story, but then the facts and warming alarmism have never been the best of friends.

A report by the US House of Representatives in September last year concluded that the so called Green jobs revolution had failed globally and there were no such things as long term Green jobs.

Spain was an early player in Green energy and has paid a heavy price for believing in the Green Dream, 2.2 jobs killed in conventional industries, for each Green job created.

In the US Barry Obama had high hopes for Green jobs:

As part of the Obama green energy program, the goal was to train 124,893 people, and place 79,854 (64%) in new green jobs. After 17 months, the results of the green jobs program indicate that only 52,762 were trained, and only 8,035 got green jobs – each job costs tax payers about $62,000.

A report by the American Enterprise Institue “The Myth of Green Energy Jobs: The European Experience” analyzes the cost and impact of the failed Green dream.

The findings on the impact of Green energy for Britain are in line with the rest of the world, though the jobs lost through the Green revolution in conventional industries at 3.7 is signficantly higher (2.2) than Spain.

“The report’s key finding is that for every job created in the UK in renewable energy, 3.7 jobs are lost. In Scotland there is no net benefit from government support for the sector, and probably a small net loss of jobs.”


“The main policy tool used to promote renewable energy generation is the Renewables Obligation, which effectively raises the market price paid for electricity from renewable sources. This scheme cost electricity consumers £1.1 [billion] in the UK and around £100 [million] in Scotland in 2009/10.”


“This report uses the Scottish Government’s own macroeconomic model for Scotland to assess the impact of identified costs on jobs. A similar model was used by the Scottish Government to measure the opportunity cost of the cut in [the value-added tax] implemented in 2008-09. Based on this, policy to promote renewable energy in the UK has an opportunity cost of 10,000 direct jobs in 2009/10 and 1,200 jobs in Scotland.”


“In conclusion, policy to promote the renewable electricity sector in both Scotland and the UK is economically damaging. Government should not see this as an economic opportunity, therefore, but should focus debate instead on whether these costs, and the damage done to the environment, are worth the candle in terms of climate change mitigation.”[25]

Economically damaging, again and again that sentiment is echoed, here are the findings for the German economy:

In conclusion, government policy has failed to harness the market incentives needed to ensure a viable and cost-effective introduction of renewable energies into Germany’s energy portfolio. To the contrary, Germany’s principal mechanism of supporting renewable technologies through feed-in tariffs imposes high costs without any of the alleged positive impacts on emissions reductions, employment, energy security, or technological innovation. Policymakers should thus scrutinize Germany’s experience, including in the US, where there are currently nearly 400 federal and state programs in place that provide financial incentives for renewable energy. Although Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as setting a “shining example in providing a harvest for the world” (The Guardian 2007), we would instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits.

Denmark made wind power crucial to its energy policy:

Denmark’s electricity prices are the highest in the entire European Union. And the greenhouse gas reduction benefits? Slim to none, since the exported wind power replaces hydro power, which does not produce significant greenhouse gas emissions. The wind power consumed in Denmark does displace some fossil-fuel emissions, but at some cost: $124 per ton, nearly six times the price on the European Trading System.

Regarding green jobs, CEPOS found “that the effect of the government subsidy has been to shift employment from more productive employment in other sectors to less productive employment in the wind industry. As a consequence, Danish GDP is approximately 1.8 billion DKK ($270 million) lower than it would have been if the wind sector work force was employed elsewhere.”

Resistance to wind power is growing in Denmark with consumers fed up with artificially high energy prices caused by Green taxation and having their countryside despoiled by bird choppers.

In Spain the damage caused by the Green economy is continuing:

Since 2000, Spain spent 571,138 euros on each green job, including subsidies of more than 1 million euros per job in the wind industry.
The programs creating those jobs destroyed nearly 110,500 jobs elsewhere in the economy (2.2 jobs destroyed for every green job created).
The high cost of electricity mainly affects production costs and levels of employment in metallurgy, nonmetallic mining and food processing, and beverage and tobacco industries.
Each “green” megawatt installed destroys 5.28 jobs elsewhere in the economy on average.
These costs do not reflect Spain’s particular approach but rather the nature of schemes to promote renewable energy sources.

Spain has found its foray into renewable energy to be unsustainable. Bloomberg reports that Spain slashed subsidies for new solar power plants.

You can read the full report here, it is worth taking the time to read it, as the same experience is repeated in country after country, the message Green isn’t working.

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Posted on February 15, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Jobs Lie, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Renewables, Social Engineering, Wealth Redistribution, Wind Power and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

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