'Green jobs' and feed-in tariffs: rent-seeking parasites get their just desserts

Q: When is a job not a job?

A: When it’s a green job.

This is not a joke, it’s not funny and it’s not new. Anyone who reads this blog has been aware of this inescapable truth for some time. They’ll have read (back in March 2010) about the research by Dr Gabriel Calzada Alvarez of the Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain showing that for every “green job” created by taxpayer subsidy another 2.2 jobs are destroyed in the real economy. They’ll have read (February 2011) about the even more damning research from Verso economics, showing that for every “green job” created by taxpayer subsidy another 3.7 jobs are destroyed in the real economy. They’ll have…

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8 thoughts on “'Green jobs' and feed-in tariffs: rent-seeking parasites get their just desserts”

  1. Funny you never go on about fossil fuel subsidies, which in the UK outstrip renewable subsidies 6 times to 1.

    1. What’s your source? Regardless of accuracy, shouldn’t you divide the subidy by actual power output?

    1. No, the biggest is Gordon sink-Britain-in-debt Brown, followed a close second by David EUSSR Cameron. James comes third on the list, for trying to kill off pseudoscience, but not quite managing to get people like you to bury yourselves, saving the world from your pointless, nefarious, hot CO2. If anyone wants to sort out the world, the first carbon that should be buried is that of the dead brains or people like you.

    2. Audrey, don’t you realise what damage you are doing to mother gaia by expelling all that CO2?! Please stop!

  2. Right Wingers are a joke the world over whether it is Republican canditates for US presidency or shock Jocks on Fox TV or here on Any Questions
    They are always very vitriolic which suggests they realize their stupidity.
    Nevertheless no doubt he enjoys being ridiculed. Wait till he has to go into hospital. I wonder how grateful he will be if he is saved from a life threatening illness, and who by? Public Servants.

  3. Seems a bit unfortunate that, for me at least, there’s a stonking great big banner advertising a solar PV company right above this article 🙂

    Delingpole does have a point, here.

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