Saturday, August 17, 2013
In Trayvon’s case, we got a steady and monumentally depressing example of how the mainstream media shamelessly creates its own narrative and misrepresents it as reality.
They call it news and it ain’t just FOX that’s doing it.
We should not be surprised to discover that it’s doing the same thing with renewable energy.
Yet a myth persists that countries lose more jobs then they gain when they transition to renewables. This upside-down fantasy rests largely on a 2009 study from King Juan Carlos University in Spain, by an economist reportedly tied to ExxonMobil, the Heartland Institute, and the Koch brothers. His study asserted that, on average, every renewable energy job in Spain destroys 2.2 jobs in the broader Spanish economy. This story was picked up by news media around the world and is still promoted by U.S. anti-renewables groups. But its methodology and assumptions were promptly demolished by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Spanish government, among others. A 2012 report for the International Labour Organization (ILO) even cites Spain, which built a renewable export industry, as a counterexample: “The green economy presents a good opportunity to increase competitiveness, promote the creation of quality employment and reduce the economy’s environmental impact,” says Joaquín Nieto, who heads the ILO Office in Madrid, especially “when Spain needs to kick-start its economy.” Sure enough, despite new electricity taxes and a halt to subsidies for new renewable projects, Spain’s latest solar projects continue to be built to compete without subsidy. (See related “Pictures: Spanish Solar Energy.”)
The disinformation campaign about job creation is not limited to Europe. A Cato Institute article claimed that if people believe a commitment to renewables will fuel job growth “we’re in a lot of trouble.” Yet in 2012 alone, more than 110,000 new U.S. clean-energy direct jobs were created, and in 2010, the U.S. had more jobs in the “clean economy” than in the fossil-fuel industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that direct employment in May 2012 totaled 181,580 for oil and gas extraction, 87,520 for coal mining, and 93,200 for iron and steel production. BLS doesn’t similarly classify solar or wind jobs, but reputable analysts have determined from bottom-up industry surveys that in September 2012, for example, the U.S. had 119,016 direct solar jobs (89 percent full-time, the rest at least half-time), up 27 percent in two years—more than in steel-making or coal-mining. Had you heard that before? Why not? (See related, “Mojave Mirrors: World’s Largest Solar Plant Ready to Shine.”)
The simple truth is we have to switch to using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels and nuclear energy because fossil fuels are destroying our environment and we do not have a solution to the nuclear-waste problem.
BIG money does not want to change because it does not own the sun, wind and waves.
To educate others, we must first educate ourselves and one of the best places to start that process is to become knowledgeable about renewable energy and develop economic strategies to break the chains that enslave us to fossil fuels and nuclear power.
If We the People reduce our carbon footprint and energy consumption, we can effectively attack the soft underbelly of the fossil and nuclear energy corporations.
Hit them in the pocketbook instead of taking on their armies in the streets.
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