"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Monday, May 3, 2010

Green Jobs, Broken Windows and Broken Economies

Green jobs by and large are justified by logic similar to the discredited Broken Window Fallacy!
A man's son breaks a pane of glass, meaning the man will have to pay to replace it. The onlookers consider the situation and decide that the boy has actually done the community a service because his father will have to pay the glazier (window repair man) to replace the broken pane. The glazier will then presumably spend the extra money on something else, jump-starting the local economy.
The village in question decided that the if one broken window created employment then they should break more creaing more jobs. A maximum number of broken windows equated to a maximum number of jobs created.
Chris Horner reports on Spain where their huge broken window projects in renewable energy have brought the economy to the brink of economic collapse.
The media has been reporting and quoting (the government's report admitting the collapse and spectacular costs of Spain's solar industry) in the last two days and it looks like they are scared. It´s normal. In a country that has already passed 20 percent unemployment, that will soon reach a 12 public deficit, and that has witnessed the financial meltdown in Greece, the current situation of the renewable sector is a big threat. Last year the cost of the renewable aid was HIGHER than the total cost of producing all the electricity for the country!!!"
Christopher Booker reports on Gordon Brown's election policy of creating 400,000 green jobs , the vast majority of which will be paid for from the public purse. The UK is on the same slippery slope as Spain with huge deficits and huge debts and huge plans to expend huge amounts of borrowed money on renewable energy systems which will not work in any practical fashion.
Again, the major parties are unanimous in mindless support for the inanities foisted on us in the name of an increasingly discredited belief in runaway global warming. On Thursday, Gordon Brown was again babbling about how we are going to create "400,000 green jobs". This wholly fanciful figure is based on a computer model which claims, inter alia, that we are already employing 75,000 people in the "geo-thermal energy sector" and that we shall soon see 69,000 more people working on wind turbines – when 90 per cent of the work needed for our largest offshore wind-farm project, the London Array, will be done abroad.Australia is proceeding down the same path with idiotic green energy policies where a householder with solar panels is paid up to ten times the real value of energy produced and his neighbour is asked to pay the difference.
Neighbour ripping off neighbour is official government policy. Never mind - think of all the "green jobs" created!


  1. I agree Baron, it is sheer and utter madness. We need to remind our heads of government (HOG's) throughgout the World that Don Quixote, The Man of La Mancha, was only a fictional character with a big heart and not too many brains so their apparent attempts to emulate his achievements are doomed to failure.

    Interestingly, deception is a common theme throughout the book so once again we see this aspect of a fictional story being emulated in real life...and of course, let's not forget the jousting at windmills. Both then and now this was and is nothing more than an exercise in utter futility.

    All very sad really, but how do we stop it. Like Don Quixote, our HOG's many one day regain their sanity only to discover it is all far too late.


    Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

  2. Baron you say "Neighbour ripping off neighbour is official government policy" which is 100% accurate.
    This has to be a major concern for the future of this county. Not that Australia would sink on this ill founded solar scheme but on the stupidity of an Australian LABOR Government fostering such a scheme! This is not a problem of delivery like "Insulation" or "BER" but simply a total deficit of reason in proposing such a scheme that is devoid of even a modicum of any common sense.
    I see that an online SOLARHART ad suggests that Electric Water Heaters are to be banned. If this is correct can I make a guess who made such a similar ludicrous proposal?

    Central Queensland.