Green jobs

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.
Edward de Bono–Psychologist

There is an interesting dichotomy going on in China. We all hear about all the green jobs being generated by the green economy, well those jobs exists in China. China is reaping billions on its production of wind power units.

Because of their rapid industrialization, China’s own power needs are skyrocketing. It only makes sense that they would have huge wind farms due to this homegrown industry – I mean, they have to create power somehow. It makes sense, but it is not happening. Instead, they are putting two new coal fired generators on line every week (wonder how many non-green jobs that creates?). Why aren’t they using their own wind units? Could it be that they know something we are not being told?

Perhaps they saw the Heritage Foundation’s calculations using information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Link

The average monthly cost for a family of four by an exclusive energy source:
Using coal — $189.
Using onshore wind — $340.
Using offshore wind — $404.
Using solar thermal — $504.
Using solar photovoltaic — $718.

Apparently, China used a little common sense and made money by manufacturing wind power units to sell to countries not smart enough to know that wind power would never be considered anywhere if it had to pay for itself. Without enormous taxpayer subsidies, not one company would consider erecting wind turbines. China also saved billions by using coal for their own power.

It is a funny thing about subsidies for power companies. The user gets to pay for the generated power twice: once on their power bill and again through the subsidies funded by their tax dollars. Such a deal!

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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