My latest installment in the enviro-fraud being perpetrated on the American public: “green” jobs”.
I just read this on the FoxNews.com website:
Spanish Study Sparks Skepticism About Green Jobs
A new report out of Spain suggests Americans shouldn’t be depending on green jobs to help the U.S. economy.
By Shannon Bream
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
For the last several months, President Obama has held up Spain, Germany and Japan as countries America needs to emulate in creating so-called green jobs — those involved in renewable energy production — to rev up the economy.
“Will America watch as the clean energy jobs and industries of the future flourish in countries like Spain, Japan or Germany?” he asked in January.
But a new report out of Spain says if that country is any indication, Americans shouldn’t be depending on green jobs to help the U.S. economy.
Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, a professor, has released a study with startling claims about what’s happened in Spain and what he predicts will play out in America.
Calzada says for every green job that’s created with government funding, 2.2 regular jobs are lost and that only one in 10 green jobs wind up being permanent.
With billions slated to go toward similar programs in the U.S. the study is sparking new concerns.
“Well it’s an awful lot of money that is being funneled,” said Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow in environmental studies at the CATO Institute. “If we don’t pay for it, I guess we’ll get some inflation out of it. Or we could tax people and that would probably cost jobs. Take your pick. You can’t get something for nothing.”
But critics of the study say it doesn’t translate to the U.S. economy and that the dire predictions are overblown.
“A lot of critics have missed the point, acting as if this was sort of all public investments to create government jobs,” said Bracken Hendricks, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, who is an expert on environmental issues.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. This is about the private sector, it’s about innovating in business and it’s about putting the economy back to work.”
When asked about the study Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he hadn’t read it but that if it had any merit, the U.S. wouldn’t be busy importing wind turbine parts from Spain to meet the demands for renewable energy here at home.
I hope this doesn’t surprise anyone.
My favorite part was the comment:
Nothing could be further from the truth. This is about the private sector, it’s about innovating in business and it’s about putting the economy back to work.
Historically, the government provides NO innovation whatsoever. All of the major innovations made in this country have been through the private sector. Government only gets involved AFTER the innovations have taken hold. The only exception in this area is nuclear power, which was developed by the military.
Virtually all of our major innovations – airplanes, electricity, semiconductors, personal computers, automobiles, television, radio, telecommunications – were all private sector inventions created without a lick of government money.
The most recent innovation – the Internet – was actually developed by public institutions. However, the rapid spread of this technology occurred largely outside the federal government, fueled by private sector dollars. And why was this?
Because it was useful, and it could be applied to reducing business costs and/or generate additional revenue (and profits).
Solar and wind energy devices have been around for decades. In fact, it was the Carter Administration that initially created incentives and pumped public funds into spreading these technologies across the American landscape. It was a dismal failure. It was a dismal failure because solar and wind harvesting sucks in a fairly significant way. Decades later, the technology still sucks.
If government has to persuade and seduce the private sector to utilize solar and wind energies, it is because these technologies are crap. If businesses could utilize these technologies as a means to produce cheap energy (which they could mark-up significantly to make a profit), they would have done so by now.
So it comes as no big surprise that the hilariously stupid quote I highlighted above comes from the socialist crackpot Center for American Progress. What else would you expect from a bunch of stupid, unproductive liberals?