The parable (and phony math) of ‘inexperienced’ jobs – Watts Up With That?

The myth (and phony math) of ‘green’ jobs – Watts Up With That?

Governments are killing real jobs and tricking us with “millions of well-paid green jobs”

Duggan Flanakin

“Make a fool of me,” wrote Stephen King, “be ashamed of yourself. Make a fool of me twice, be ashamed of me. Make a fool of me three times, be ashamed of us both. “His saying certainly applies to the myth (and wrong math) of green jobs.

In the 2020 election campaign, Joe Biden claimed that more than 3 million Americans were “employed in the clean energy economy”. Then he boasted, “If we are strategically implemented, our response to climate change can create more than 10 million well-paying jobs in the United States that will lead to a stronger, more inclusive middle class … and not just in cities along the coast . “

That would make Joe twice as boastful as his former boss, who promised the $ 787 billion stimulus package for 2009 would create “over five million” green jobs. Four years later, the Brookings Institution reported that “of the nearly 2.7 million ‘green jobs’ [the Obama-Biden Administration] Most were bus drivers, sewage workers and other types of work that did not fit in with the “green jobs of the future”.

Energy analyst David Blackmon later reported that Obama’s own Department of Labor recognized the initial failure of the launch. DOL’s September 2011 report, Restoration Act: Slow Employment Placement Endorses Green Jobs Program Employment Objectives, found that only a third of the allocated funds were spent. One fifth of the “degrees” and “certifications” went to people with a single day of training. and half of the “graduates” had five or fewer days of training. Only 2% of the program participants had their work for at least six months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted oil industry lobbyists as “green” jobs! The septic tank and portable toilet service industry had 33 times more “green” jobs than solar power companies. The BLS had to admit in a June 2012 report “Green Technologies and Practices – August 2011” that it was only able to identify 854,700 “green” jobs, including caretakers and cleaners.

What a delusion! Shame on them for trying to cheat on us.

David Kreutzer pointed out in a Heritage Foundation report that steel workers had the “greenest” industrial jobs. Why? Most of US steel is made from recycled scrap, and some of the steel is used to make wind turbines. The next largest groups were bus drivers, refuse collectors and employees in used goods stores – followed by engineering and architectural services. The much-hated nuclear industry made up over 80% of the 44,000 “green” jobs for electricity providers. There were five times as many “green” jobs in social interest groups (lobbyists for the environmental protection group) as in renewable electrical energy.

Ah, but that was then – and that is now, you say. Right.

In January, the Associated Press reported “Biden’s fuzzy math” on his claim of creating 1 million new jobs in the auto industry – even though he is actually replacing the 650,000 state vehicle fleet with electric cars and installing 500,000 new EV charging stations – all at the taxpayer’s Effort. In theory, a huge government purchase program will cut the cost of electric vehicles, and having multiple charging points will reduce fears of getting stuck in a vehicle that you can’t refuel quickly in a hurricane. Theoretically.

But wait! Any electric vehicle order will likely come at the expense of a gasoline motor vehicle order, and every EV charging station will reduce jobs in the pipeline, refining, gasoline retail, gasoline delivery, and other sectors. The AP story adds that industry analysts and the United Auto Workers union believe that making electric vehicles is likely to mean fewer automotive jobs. One reason for this is that EVs have far fewer parts and are easier to build, so require fewer manpower and often only require a new battery module for $ 6,000. Another reason is that battery manufacturing can be easily automated. But that’s hardly the whole story.

While General Motors lost more than a fifth of its US market share in sales over a three-year period in 2019, it admitted that China already had more unionized auto workers than the US. The harsh reality is that Asia has ten times more electric vehicle battery production facilities than all of North America. Maybe Jinping Joe Biden is talking about the number of Chinese “green” jobs. Especially child and slave labor in China’s mines and processing plants.

Other fact-checkers have also found that the Biden administration’s claims about green jobs are “mostly false”.

Electric vehicles are only part of the Green New Biden Deal. Handing our economy over to the Paris Agreement and its draconian environmental restrictions is another. Eliminating oil, gas and coal – and very likely nuclear energy – and all of the jobs these industries create are a third. Mr Biden only follows Germany and other EU countries on the primroses path to economic suicide.

According to Deutsche Bank, the climate policy regulation of the German automotive sector is triggering “the biggest structural break in the industry in decades”. A bank report explains that strict carbon dioxide limits for new passenger cars in the EU for 2021 and 2030 are forcing manufacturers to switch to more expensive electric vehicles ahead of time. The bank believes that the resulting price increases will have a very negative impact on future employment in the German auto industry.

One reason is that the EU’s CO2 limits for passenger cars and subsidies for electric vehicles “are extremely inefficient [expensive] and hardly effective instruments ”to achieve a reduction in emissions in the transport sector. While government incentives and mandates can get people to buy government-preferred vehicles, radical climate and energy policies reduce investment in energy-intensive sectors like metals and chemicals. This will further increase the cost of new German cars.

Despite the push for green energy and electric vehicles, the trade union association reports that the number of “green” jobs in the German renewable energies sector has fallen from 300,000 in 2011 to just 150,000 in 2018. Many of these lost jobs were due to the collapse of the German solar industry, when companies were pushed out of business by Chinese manufacturers who undercut German prices – and had much easier access to raw materials.

The track record of American renewable jobs versus Chinese competition has mimicked the German experience. A major reason is China’s near-monopoly rare earth metal, which is essential to the Green Revolution. Despite this reality, John Kerry, Biden’s “climate officer,” said recently that displaced American oil and gas workers can easily and easily go to work to make solar panels.

Energy economist Tilak Doshi agrees that the West’s fascination with decarbonization is only for renewable energies and ultimately for de-industrialization is a recipe for economic suicide. He notes that Germany’s “green” world is about giant wind turbines with blades made of glass fiber reinforced petroleum-based resins. Motors made from iron and rare earths, which are extracted, processed and smelted using fossil fuels; Concrete, which also requires fossil fuels; and factories run on coal and natural gas. Solar panels share the same pedigree.

The turbines and panels are installed in forests, meadows, farmland and coastal areas where they destroy scenic views and wildlife habitats. Turbine blades kill endangered birds and bats.

The result of this eagerness to save the planet? Germany has a growing poverty rate of 17%, which is mainly due to the shutdown of reliable nuclear and fossil fuel power plants and the resulting skyrocketing electricity prices for households, factories, companies and hospitals over the past 15 years.

Back in the US, California runs the fifth largest economy in the world, importing most of its crude oil from overseas (despite massive state reserves) and a third of its electricity from other states (also for political reasons). As a result, Californians now pay 60% more than the national average for residential, commercial, and industrial electricity, while suffering frequent blackouts due to expensive weather-dependent energy and poor forest management. People and industry are fleeing the state.

And Team Biden-Harris (Harris-Biden?) Wants to transform the rest of the US into California!

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research on the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (

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