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Green Jobs – Rhetoric or Reality

Will GHG reduction and climate change initiatives create green jobs and stimulate the economy? Energy economist Robert Lyman reviews the evidence. Subsidies in Spain destroyed 2.2 jobs for each "green" job created. In Italy, the same amount of capital that creates one "green" job would create 6.9 jobs if invested in other industries. Danish GDP is approximately 1.8 billion DKK (Cdn $300 million) lower than it would have been if the wind sector work force was employed elsewhere. In the UK, every "green" job causes 3.7 job losses. Experience in other countries and in Canada shows policies that divert money from the general economy to subsidize renewable energy result in lower employment, higher costs and lower income. Green jobs mean fewer jobs.

Residential Solar: Myth vs. Fact

The rapid rate of growth of solar installations is being driven by subsidies such as net metering and the solar investment tax credit. The Institute for Energy Research gives 10 Myths and Facts. The facts include: Without large subsidies, rooftop solar fails to make economic sense. As more solar power is added to the grid, the peak demand problem for utilities actually gets worse, not better. Most subsidies go to multi-billion dollar corporations, not homeowners.

Ross McKitrick: The Electric Car is Dead, Executed by Al Gore and his Environmental Allies

Gasoline is cheap. Electricity is expensive. Bad environmental policy contributed to both outcomes. Dr. Ross McKitrick writes, "On a per-mile basis, cars today emit about one one-hundredth the amount of air contaminants they generated back in the 1960s." He asks "Who killed the electric car?" It is not auto or petroleum companies. Electric cars are not profitable because they are very expensive, have limited range, and require very expensive electricity, while regular car run on cheap gasoline. Government policies to force more wind and solar energy onto the grid have caused electricity prices to soar, killing the electric car.

Top 11 Problems for Wind and Solar

The 11 top problems for wind and solar energy are listed on this page from CFact via The Daily Caller. These power sources are unreliable. Energy storage is incredibly expensive, the grid can't handle the variability and grid upgrades are too expensive. Wind and solar don't provide power when needed, they need 100% back-up, they are far from consumers and provide little energy despite large subsidies. The best locations are already taken. Natural gas prices are low and nuclear has great potential. Subsidies create massive corruption.

The green blob: who will protect the victims of environmentalism?

Matt Ridley writes that the climate change agenda puts the interests of very rich future generations ahead of the poor people today. The IPCC predicts that people's income by 2100 will be 3 to 20 times higher than people's income today despite the alleged impact of climate change. Biofuel policies and other policies that push up energy prices are seriously hurting the poor today. Climate economist Dr. Richard Tol says that up to 2.2 C temperature rise people will be better off as a result of climate change.

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