Aaargh! Stop, the pain, the pain….
Jonny Porritt is still claiming that the creation of jobs by various green schemes is a benefit of such schemes, not a cost!
Big emphasis in his campaign on jobs – and I’ve no doubt that’s going to become a huge issue here in the UK too. The Prime Minister himself is clearly alert to that reality, and liberally peppers his various energy–related speeches with references to the number of jobs that will be created in promoting different strategic priorities.
Sob…sob. Look, does any economist actually know the Baronet? Can they go and give him a good going over with the cluebat?
Much better to work with the facts rather ditzy dreams. Where I am in the South West, for instance, there are now 2,900 FTE jobs in the renewable energy sector, up from 1,140 in 2005 – equivalent to an annual growth rate of around 37%. This amounts to £215 million of Growth Value Added today, up from £34 million in 2005. And that’s just the start – if the Government gets really serious about renewables, as indicated for the first time in the new draft Renewables Strategy.
Seriously, is he trying to equate value added with the number of people employed? We can employ people to dig holes and fill them again but that doesn\’t add value now, does it?
In fact, given that all those jobs in the renewable sector have to be subsidised, it\’s entirely possible that there is value destruction by creating those jobs, not value added.
If it were some random Old Etonian holding these absurd views it wouldn\’t matter…..there\’s enough barking mad Old Etonians to go around, after all.
But this is the man in charge of the Sustainable Development Commission.
We\’re doomed I tell you, we\’re doomed.