Ashley Seager: Moron

Please, please, can we get this right?

A properly designed FIT rewards early adaptors, helps kick-start a new industry and creates jobs. The German PV industry added 10,000 jobs last year.

"Creating jobs" is a cost of such schemes, not a benefit. Jebus, why are all the writers on this subject such morons? Have they not learned the very basics yet?

6 comments on “Ashley Seager: Moron

  1. It’s a benefit for the people who have jobs. Costs I can see are direct costs of salaries and opportunity costs. The latter could be positive or negative depending on what the people and money were doing otherwise. How are you accounting this?

    Tim adds: Opportunity costs, exactly. If those 10,000 were not being subsidised to do this work, we would have the output of whatever else they did plus we wouldn’t have to pay the subsidy. It doesn’t mean that we should never make such subsidies, just that we have to count the lost output as a cost, not a benefit.

  2. No mention of nuclear power. The French must be laughing at the rest of the world. While England, Germany, and the U.S. are willing to make people pay over a dollar?AKWH (U.S.) for wind power, they’re getting it for two cents/KWH from nuclear reactors. The enviros are destroying us.
    Oh, and all the nuclear waste in the world would cover one football field about eight feet high. For that, our nations are being bled to death. At catholicfundamentalism.com they go on and on about this, and realize it’s a spiritual problem. Too many people are willing to lie for money. Their solution, amazingly, is to pray for them.

  3. From the article

    “Ed Matthew of Friends of the Earth puts it bluntly. “BERR [the department has inexplicably even dropped the D] is not fit to govern. They should all be sacked”.”

    I find myself agreeing with that, altho’ not for the same reasons …

  4. “BERR [the department has inexplicably even dropped the D] is not fit to govern. They should all be sacked”

    Why stop at DBERR? A McBain-style scything of the cabinet room would be a start.

  5. “all the nuclear waste in the world would cover one football field about eight feet high”

    You’d have to talk to a pal of mine about that one. He said he used to take the Sun in to work (Bradwell) to look at the football, throw it in the bin & it was instantly classified as LOW LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE (scary music, sound of radio tuned between channels).
    I suggested he read a decent paper.

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