AGW Today: Barry’s Forthcoming Green Job Losses And CFL’s

Now, before I get going on the stories, let me say that I approve of green energy and working on alternative sources. I would like to see greener, less pollutant, cost-effective, and cheap alternatives to what we have now. Sources that are reusable like the sun, wind, hydro. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have cheap energy that doesn’t create pollution? And I do not mean CO2 output, but actual pollutants. The problem is, these sources are, for the most part, expensive, inefficient (sure, there are places where they work great. Iceland is really working the geothermal, and consider dams around the world. Of course, try and build a dam today, and envirowacko groups will block you, sometimes violently. Same with solar farms. And, there is a just a wee problem of job loss

Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created if Spain’s experience with windmills and solar farms is any guide.

For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

Doesn’t that sound great? I’m sure the Climahysterics won’t mind, right? Even if it is their job? It gets better

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal contains about $20 billion in tax incentives for clean-energy programs. In Spain, where wind turbines provided 11 percent of power demand last year, generators earn rates as much as 11 times more for renewable energy compared with burning fossil fuels.

So, the cost you would pay for said clean-energy programs, and the leftists pushing this mean good for climate change, mostly, could be 11 times more then you pay now, not to mention how your taxes will surely go up on the front side to the government.

The premiums paid for solar, biomass, wave and wind power – – which are charged to consumers in their bills — translated into a $774,000 cost for each Spanish “green job” created since 2000, said Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at the university and author of the report.

“The loss of jobs could be greater if you account for the amount of lost industry that moves out of the country due to higher energy prices,” he said in an interview.

This green, read “fixing anthropogenic global warming,” energy really is a boondoggle. Look, they should keep working on it, and use it as a substitute where they can. But, for the US, it is just not ready for prime time. Like CFLs

It sounds like such a simple thing to do: buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet.

But a lot of people these days are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts.

Personally, I used to like the CFLs, but, I have notice the same thing: they do not last anymore. I used them for years, because of the power savings (not the silly CO2 savings) and the low heat. I have pretty much switched back to regular bulbs, since the CFLs keep burning out too fast. I was spending more then I was saving. And I was not buying the el cheapo ones, either.

The NY Times points out the difficulties in using these bulbs, and the shoddy construction, and how “In the pursuit of the holy grail, we stepped on the consumer.” When a leftist concern has lost the NY Times…….

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