Green jobs

The Frontier Centre – a Canadian think tank – has just published a nice summary of the European experience on green jobs.

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 ?ve jobs in the general economy. Wind and solar power have raised household energy prices by 7.5 percent in Germany, and Denmark has the highest electricity prices in the European Union.

From the conclusion.

Both economic theory and the experience of European countries that have attempted to build a green energy economy to create green jobs reveal that such thinking is deeply fallacious. Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands have all tried and failed to accomplish positive outcomes with renewable energy.

Some will suggest that Canada is different and that Canadian planners have the wisdom to make the green economy work. However, there is no getting around the fact that one does not improve one’s economy or create jobs by breaking windows, and Canadian planners are no more omniscient than planners who tried the same programs in Europe.

(HT: Bishop Hill)

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10 Responses to Green jobs

  1. JC

    The libs need to craft a response to the Green troglodytes explaining this in simple terms.

    I’ve noticed that whenever this issue is raised with Christine (new technology) Milne or St. Bob brown the two morons get really defensive by putting on an aggressive posture and start presenting dishonest arguments. someone needs to figuratively kick the living shit out of them over their lies and extremism.

  2. Louis Hissink

    Breaking windows – an obscure reference to Bastiat.

  3. Judith Sloan

    But isn’t our Jools on about all the jobs and economic benefits that will flow by forcing the economy down a ‘green, clean, low carbon path’ – all achieved by putting a price on carbon!!!

  4. JC

    Yep Judith, both members of the Greens/ALP Alliance are peddling this wankery. So much for denialism,hey?

    Great effort by the ALP in wanting their core constituency to lose their jobs. There’s a marketing subject about how not to piss off your core customers.

  5. C.L.

    Wha about Ross Garnaut’s idea – carbon ranchers?

  6. JC

    Carbon ranchers would become extremely productive members of society.

    This is what Duck bum means that pudding a pwice on carbin would make us an endlessly productive nation.

  7. JC

    Yep It’s about right.

    Tim Worstall in the Register.

    I really cannot understand why we’re doing what we are doing on a public policy level. I just don’t get why we’re pumping tens, possibly hundreds, of billions into technologies like windmills, which we know won’t work, to solar which doesn’t need subsidies any more, but not willing to put money into other interesting things which might work, like thorium just as one example.

    Unless, of course, I’m right in that what we should do about this problem has been hijacked by those who don’t in fact want to solve this single, particular, problem of requiring low carbon energy generation but who want to use this agreed upon problem as a means of imposing their vision of the desirable lifestyle upon the rest of us. And so we go with solutions which won’t in fact work because they desire that the problem not be solved, but that we should accord with their instructions upon how society should be.

    Which is all rather depressing really: rather the end of the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution.

    Bishop Hill.

  8. Louis Hissink


    The tragedy is that its taken so many so long to finally wake up to what is going on. Yet their goals and aspirations have been on the public record for over a century, and perhaps since they euphemised their stance to “welfare” policies, and “sustainable” whatever, they managed to dupe most.

    It’s probably those of us who were brought up in a socilist milieu, left its embrace to accidentally discover the other side of the coin (my damascene epiphany was discovering Mises Theory of Money and Credit in the Macquarie Uni Libary when I was studing mineral economics during the mid-1970’s) and to then reject one’s youthful fatuation who could recognise the insiduous Gramscian influence at work.

  9. Michael Fisk

    There are no such things as Green Jobs. They are anti-jobs.

  10. Ian Downie

    When it talks about destroying jobs, what exactly does it mean? I’d say it’s refering to the immediate opportunity cost of the investment. You could also say that for every tax consultant trained, you could prepare several hospital auxiliaries. I know where I’d invest my money.

    Furthermore, I’d consider the use of the past tense in the article as extremely misleading; although many countries have had to cut back on their plans due to credit market induced austerity, the green economy seems to be unavoidable in poicy making.

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