Rows and Flows of Angel Hair

And ice cream castles in the air…

Or solar unicorns and fairy wind dust.

…In March 2009, researchers Gabriel Calzada Alvarez and colleagues at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos released a study examining the economic and employment effects of Spain’s aggressive push into renewables. What they found confounds the usual green-job rhetoric:[5]

•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.

(Via Jonah.)

14 Responses to “Rows and Flows of Angel Hair”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    I loved that song. Guess we’ve already done “Send in the Clowns”?

    They don’t give a rip. Those were carbon based jobs. Collateral damage.

  2. major dad says:

    SShhh, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Yojimbo is right they don’t give a rip because it is that scourge of mother earth, carbon, that must be exercised from our daily being. Never mind that you end up using more carbon based fuels to offset the lack of green production.

  3. JeffS says:

    Not to mention, major dad, all life on this planet is carbon-based.

    Listen to that cognitive dissonance! The sound is deafening.

  4. WunderKraut says:

    THS you are going to be convicted as a heretic for disseminating this…um…propaganda from BIG OIL!!!!

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    Just don’t call me a witch.

    I’m a Druid.

  6. JeffS says:

    How about an enchanting Druid?


  7. major dad says:

    Can’t say that Jeff, it’s not part of the narrative.

  8. Ave says:

    As long as we remain dependent upon the internal combustion engine we remain dependent upon oil, ours or someone else’s. Ka-ching, ka-ching,

  9. major dad says:

    They have more oil, natural gas, shale oil etc then they know what to do with, go out there and get it.

  10. Dave E. says:

    For decades northern Minnesota sent a douchebag named Jim Oberstar to the House until he got bounced out in 2010. Oberstar’s big shtick was about having the “Carbohydrate Economy” replace carbon-based fuels as he touted his federal money for bike paths and such. Exercise is a fine thing, but my grandma, who grew up on a farm with no electricity or running water, could have told Oberstar all about carbohydrate economies. They suck.

  11. Exorcised, Major Dad.
    And to get even with you, I demand…
    A shrubbery!

  12. OK, I’m getting serious now. We’ve been celebrating ANZAC Day, which is a bit like your Veterans Day, only a LOT more fun.
    Why doesn’t O’Bama open the oilfields? You have enough to end your dependency on Lunatic Arab Inbreds, so why not?

  13. major dad says:

    Ehh, exorcise or exercise, they just want us to be rid of all things carbon based. A shrubbery you demand? Only if you can answer a couple of questions; the first has to do with the air speed of a coconut laden swallow…

  14. mojo says:

    Glinda the Good: “I’m afraid you’re under arrest for flying a house without a license and 2nd-degree witch-crushing.”

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