Green jobs, Santa Claus and Unicorn Land
It's disappointing news indeed. The likelyhood that Santa Claus and Unicorn Land exist is far greater than the likelyhood that green jobs are being affordably created by and retained by the wind sector. In fact, the domino effect is in play. Wind sector jobs are being lost at an alarming rate. Wind turbines require steel and concrete. Jobs for steel and concrete workers are also rapidly disappearing.
Mass Green Jobs Czar is First Wind CEO and President Paul Gaynor. The shocking cost of Mass Green Jobs Czar's production of 10 green jobs, created at his proposed Kahuku wind project in Hawaii, post construction, works out to be $19.5 million dollars for EACH GREEN JOB created!:
Investigative reporter Ira Stoll writes in Future of Capitalism:
"First Wind Holdings LLC will get a $117 million loan guarantee from federal "stimulus" funds to finance the construction and start-up of a wind energy project in Kahuku, Hawaii, the federal Department of Energy announced Friday. Once complete, the project will create "six to ten" jobs, according to the Department of Energy. At $117 million, works out to a federally guaranteed loan of between $19.5 million and $11.7 million for each job created...."
The Huffington Post
General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Posted: March 29, 2010 01:54 PM
Green Jobs are destroying California's economy
March 14, 2010
The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute
The Green Con Job
By Dustin Chambers and Dan Ervin Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The U.S. economy is sensitive to high energy prices. An aggressive push toward green power would result in the net loss
of millions of jobs. There is a better way forward.
A simple Google search demonstrates the harsh realities contained in these articles and headlines. The following evidence suggests that green jobs being created by the wind indusrty are fleeting at best, and not supportable at least, and too expensive at best.
Inhofe-Bond Issue Warning on Green Jobs
Inhofe Joins Bond to Release Report, “Yellow Light on Green Jobs”
WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), Ranking Member on the Green Jobs and New Economy Subcommittee, to announce a report highlighting the poor performance of taxpayer-funded green jobs programs. The report details a number of misconceptions and exaggerations propagated by
Source: Washington Post ‘Tilting at Windmills’ June 24, 2009 by George Will:
“Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it."
“Calzada says Spain's torrential spending -- no other nation has so aggressively supported production of electricity from renewable sources -- on wind farms and other forms of alternative energy has indeed created jobs. But Calzada's report concludes that they often are temporary and have received $752,000 to $800,000 each in subsidies -- wind industry jobs cost even more, $1.4 million each. And each new job entails the loss of 2.2 other jobs that are either lost or not created in other industries because of the political allocation -- sub-optimum in terms of economic efficiency -- of capital. (European media regularly report "eco-corruption" leaving a "footprint of sleaze" -- gaming the subsidy systems, profiteering from land sales for wind farms, etc.) Calzada says the creation of jobs in alternative energy has subtracted about 110,000 jobs elsewhere in Spain's economy.”
Beacon Hill Institute June 25, 2009:
“Green Collar” Job Creation: A Critical Analysis
Green Jobs a Cost, Not Benefit, to the National Economy
Academic Study Finds Critical Economic Flaws and
BOSTON, MA – Recent studies forecasting the potential economic benefits of government green job programs are critically flawed and erroneously promote these jobs as a benefit, according to a report released today by The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) at Suffolk University.
The economic analysis reviewed the primary claims of three of the most influential green jobs studies and found serious economic flaws in each.
“Contrary to the claims made in these studies, we found that the green job initiatives reviewed in each actually causes greater harm than good to the American economy and will cause growth to slow,” reported Paul Bachman, Director of Research at the Beacon Hill Institute, one of the report’s authors.
The studies reviewed by BHI include:
* The United Nations Environment Programme, International Labor Organization, International Trade Union Confederation’s Green Jobs Initiative, “Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World.”
* The Center for American Progress, “Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy.”
* The U.S. Conference of Mayors, “U.S. Metro Economics: Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy” prepared by Global Insight. [cut]
*New Report: 'High Road or Low Road' Commissioned by: Change to Win, Sierra Club, the Laborers International Union of North America, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
"Our review of working conditions in three core sectors of the emerging green economy--wind and solar component manufacturing; green construction; and recycling--suggests one basic conclusion: The fact that an employer is engaged in a business that benefits the environment does not necessarily mean that the employees of that enterprise are going to be treated well. While some green companies are model employers, others pay their workers too little and offer them inadequate benefits. Purportedly green firms have in some cases resorted to union-busting and the exploitation of undocumented immigrants. In short, the green economy is not always a humane economy."
“Cape Wind has stated that there will be no permanent employment associated with this project in Barnstable County” page 23 of 29 Cape Wind Energy Project JR20084 Staff Report-September 4, 2007/ down-load Adobe Cape Cod Commission Staff Report available here:
'Green Job Fraud - 1.87 Billion Dollars of U.S. Stimulus Money Wasted Abroad'
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Spanish wind-turbine maker Gamesa SA is eliminating 184 of the 706 jobs at its plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., because the plant can’t make the big turbine blades now in demand.
Gamesa is shifting production of turbine blades to its plant in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pa. because that plant can make the bigger blades. It employs 298 at that plant, which is near Johnstown in the western part of the state.
“The largest, lightest and slowest-turning blade is the blade that’s going to win the day,” said Gamesa spokesman Michael Peck.
The job cuts were first reported Wednesday on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Web site.
Vestas lays off 114 in U.S. on soft demand for wind turbines
February 11, 2010, 2:06PM
Vestas Americas, the sales and service arm of Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, cut 114 positions on Wednesday, or 6 percent of its North American work force, because of softening demand for renewable energy projects, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Among the cuts were 15 positions at its North American headquarters in Portland, said Aili Jokela, the firm's vice president of communications, today. None of the layoffs affected its four factories in Colorado, Jokela said.
The news comes as a setback to efforts by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Portland Mayor Sam Adams to get Vestas to expand in Portland. The company last year delayed plans to move into larger headquarters in the city.
Portland and state officials had offered as much as $31.5 million in direct incentives for the expansion. And Kulongoski flew to Europe in October partly to meet with Vestas executives to push the project.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Vestas, the Danish wind turbine company which last week shut two British plants with the loss of 425 jobs, unveiled a worst-than-expected drop in profits of more than a third.
The group, whose Isle of Wight factory was the scene of an 18-day sit-in by angry workers, revealed that pre-tax profits in the three months to the end of June dropped from €90 million at the same time last year to €59 million.
The group said its margins had been hit by severance payments to workers both in the UK and in Denmark, where it made 1,142 people redundant as well as a scaling-up of production in the US and China.
However, it stuck to its full-year sales and profits forecast with revenues of €7.2 billion and an operating profit margin of between 11 per cent and 13 per cent.
The Danish group found itself at the centre of a political storm after it announced plans to shut its Isle of Wight and Southampton factories.
Members of the Climate Rush campaign group chained themselves to the north London home of Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, in an "act of solidarity" for the workers about to lose their jobs.
They accused the Government of hypocriscy when, two weeks after announcing plans for a low-carbon Britain, Vestas was being forced to shut down because of an apparent lack of demand for wind turbines in Britain.
Vestas, which secured a court order to remove the protesting workers, said that demand was too low to justify continuing production in Britain.
In an interview today, Ditlev Engel, the chief executive of Vestas, said that while Northern Europe continued to pose a challenge, the group was now seeing a pick-up in business following the credit crunch. "We are seeing there is a pick-up in the market. We are seeing things moving again and there is life out there even though we cannot see it in the order backlog."
The group's order backlog at the end of the second quarter was €4 billion, although it has secured a further €700 million of orders since then.
Global government initiatives were beginning to take effect, the group said, while banks and financing institutions, which had pulled out of the market during the downturn, were returning to the sector.
Prices of a components had also peaked, it said, with no further price rises expected this year.
The credit crunch, the group said, had had a big impact on the industry, triggering falling orders as projects were shelved and seeing funding drop away.
Vestas claim of low demand in the UK was contradicted by a survey by the British Wind Energy Association. It found that Britain's countryside and coastline will be dotted with 2,700 new wind turbines by 2012 - more than double the existing total.
Source: Times UK Online
Posted March 20th, 2009 at 12:32 pm in Energy
Layoffs continue to blow through the wind industry, even despite recent government efforts to build up the sector and spur green job growth. Acciona Windpower’s workforce has taken the latest hit.
The company, a subsidiary of Spain’s Acciona Energia, announced yesterday that it will cut 65 jobs in the U.S., including a third of the workforce (58 jobs) at Acciona’s sole U.S. factory — a turbine assembly plant in Iowa. The remaining layoffs will be at wind farms throughout the country, all of them within the next 60 days.
For Wind Turbine Manufacturers, the Layoffs Begin
President-elect Obama met on Friday with workers at a factory in Ohio that manufactures wind turbine parts. (Photo: Getty Images)
President-elect Barack Obama will spend part of today touring a factory near Cleveland that makes parts for wind turbines — an example of the “green jobs” that he hopes to promote in the stimulus package.
But some of those jobs in the wind industry are becoming casualties of the economic slump. North Dakota-based D.M.I. Industries, which manufactures turbine towers, is laying off 20 percent of its workers across three plants — in Tulsa, Okla.; Stevensville, Ontario; and West Fargo, N.D.
The news comes barely six months after the company announced expansion plans that would make it the “largest wind tower manufacturer in North America.”
“Quite frankly, I was shocked,” the mayor of West Fargo, Rich Mattern, told The Associated Press earlier this month. “I thought they were bulletproof. I never guessed that they would be in trouble.”
L.M. Glasfiber, a Danish turbine company, also announced 150 layoffs last week at a blade-making plant in Arkansas. And Gamesa, a Spanish turbine maker, said it was initiating layoffs at an Eastern Pennsylvania factory — though it was expanding a factory in the western part of the state, which can make larger blades.
The troubles of turbine manufacturers are mirrored in the solar industry, which has also suffered manufacturing layoffs recently.
The wind business, which requires an enormous amount of capital investment, has been hit especially hard by troubles in the banking sector. Experts say that the number of big banks willing to invest in projects through the production tax credit has fallen sharply. Many wind-farm developers, from NextEra (formerly F.P.L. Energy) to the Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, are cutting back on plans to expand their farms.
Windmill Company Layoffs Set
By James Jefferson
Arkansas News Bureau • email@example.com
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 9:22 AM CST
LITTLE ROCK — In a sign the economic crisis could calm Arkansas’ soaring wind energy industry, the first of three planned windmill blade manufacturers to begin production in the state announced Tuesday it would idle more than 150 workers.
LM Glasfiber experienced rapid growth last year but said business has slowed as developers find it harder to finance projects because of the national credit crunch.
The Danish firm announced plans for its Arkansas operations in July 2007, predicting its work force would grow to more than 1,100 within five years. Tuesday’s announcement of layoffs came less than a year into production.
March 20, 2009
Iowa wind turbine plant announces layoffs
An Iowa wind turbine manufacturing plant will layoff 58 workers in the coming months due to slow demand for its products as a result of the world-wide recession.
West Branch-based Acciona, headquartered in Spain, announced the pending layoff Thursday.
Company officials say the layoff is necessary despite the fact that the federal stimulus package contains tax credits for the wind energy industry. Company officials said it will take some time for those subsidies to translate into orders.
And a report from the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque today cites a former George W. Bush Energy Department official saying the impact of wind and solar power will be negligible in their ability to play a prominent role in the nation's future energy needs.
Max Schulz, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment, said sources such as wind, sun and biomass are extremely limited in their ability to transform America's energy economy. He made his comments during a speech in Dubuque on Thursday evening.
You can read the TH report here.
WorldNetDaily: 11/18/09 Thousands of jobs scammed or created
by Ben Shapiro
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President Obama has repeatedly stated that his stimulus package has "saved or created" hundreds of thousands of jobs. And hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created. In Unicornland.
According to the Recovery.gov website – a website that the Obama administration has spent $18 million "stimulating" – millions have been spent and hundreds of jobs have been created in heretofore unknown areas of America: 30 jobs using $761,420 of federal cash in the fictional 15th Congressional District in Arizona (there are only eight congressional districts in Arizona); $19 million in spending and 15 jobs created in mythical districts in Oklahoma; $10.6 million on 39 jobs in invisible Iowan areas; $68.3 million spent in the magical 1st Congressional District of the U.S. Virgin Islands; $35 million spent and 142 jobs created in the glittering fairy-tale kingdom of the 99th district of the Northern Mariana Islands; and the list goes on.
Apparently, somebody messed with Joe.
The biggest problem, amazingly enough, isn't the Obama administration's incredible creation of districts from scratch. It's the Obama administration's use of stimulus funds to pay off its political allies.
On Sept. 11, 2009, Democrat Rep. Eric Massa of the 29th Congressional District of New York – yes, this district actually exists – wrote President Obama a letter regarding the Obama administration's $74.6 million grant to Canandaigua Power Partners, LLC, and Canandaigua Power Partners II, LLC, in Cohocton, N.Y. These companies, according to Massa, "act as shell companies that deceptively operate on behalf of First Wind, which is currently under investigation by New York State Attorney General Cuomo for corruption charges in Cohocton and across the Northeast."
In fact, wrote Massa, "Constituents in our region see these projects as criminal actions … the award of $74.6 million to corrupt companies that have changed names time and again forming new LLCs and new Inc.s but maintaining their business model of lie, cheat and corrupt at the expense of taxpayers has stirred great unrest." Remember, this is a Democratic congressman.
First Wind is a green power company that produces windmills, the giant pieces of idiocy littering our landscapes. Its project in Cohocton, N.Y. – the project Massa rips – was so poorly done originally that residents reported that the turbines sounded like jet engines.
From March 31, 2007, to March 31, 2008, First Wind had revenue of $12 million and net losses of $73 million. Those losses forced First Wind to take out loans in the amount of $191 million. And up until October, the New York attorney general's office was investigating First Wind for its possible participation in bribery of public officials for land-use purposes.
Broke and under investigation. Not exactly a great candidate for stimulus. But that didn't stop the Obama administration. Why? Because First Wind is supported principally by Madison Dearborn Partners and the D.E. Shaw Group.
Madison Dearborn Partners, not coincidentally, is Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's "best source of funds," according to the Washington Examiner. During his congressional career, employees of Madison Dearborn gave Emanuel $93,600. And Emanuel is instrumental in oversight of the stimulus.
As for D.E. Shaw, White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers was paid $5.2 million in 2008 and 2007 by the company – to work for one day a week, according to the New York Times. Also according to the Times, "Summers said in an interview that his experience at Shaw, however brief, gave him valuable insight into the practical realities of Wall Street, insight he is now putting to use in shaping economic policy in the White House."
The Obama administration is so dominated by obfuscatory aureate and magniloquent verbosity that it believes it can get away with literally anything. This administration creates dollars out of thin air to pay fictitious employees in figmental places. It's no wonder that so far, the Obama administration has stimulated precisely nothing in the real world.
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