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Spain Admits “Green Jobs” Program A Disaster

Eventually, no matter hard one tries to wish it away, reality will smack you in the face. Hard.

As predicted was inevitable, today the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta runs with a full-page article fessing up to the truth about Spain’s “green jobs” boondoggle, which happens to be the one naively cited by President Obama no less than eight times as his model for the United States. It is now out there as a bust, a costly disaster that has come undone in Spain to the point that even the Socialists admit it, with the media now in full pursuit.


La Gaceta boldly exposes the failure of the Spanish renewable policy and how Obama has been following it. The headline screams: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.”

According to the Spanish government, the policy has been such a failure that electricity prices are skyrocketing and the economy is losing jobs as a result (emphasis added):

The internal report of the Spanish administration admits that the price of electricity has gone up, as well as the debt, due to the extra costs of solar and wind energy. Even the government numbers indicate that each green job created costs more than 2.2 traditional jobs, as was shown in the report of the Juan de Mariana Institute. Besides that, the official document is almost a copy point by point of the one that led to Calzada being denounced [lit. “vetoed”] by the Spanish Embassy in an act in the U.S. Congress.

The presentation recognizes explicitly that “the increase of the electric bill is principally due to the cost of renewable energies.” In fact, the increase in the extra costs of this industry explains more than 120% of the variation in the bill and has prevented the reduction in the costs of conventional electricity production to be reflected on the bills of the citizens.

[Translation of Spanish article provided by Chris Horner]

Despite these facts, which quite frankly have been known for quite some time, the Obama administration is still planning to move ahead with its own policy based explicitly on the Spanish one. As Horner states:

That fight [over the “green economy” policy] begins anew next week with the likely Senate vote on S.J. Res. 26, the Murkowski resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to impose much of this agenda through the regulatory back door without Congress ever having authorized such an enormous economic intervention.

Just as with the ObamaCare boondoggle that was rammed into law despite its (a) known problems that are only now being admitted to, (b) real costs that are only now becoming evident, and (c) unacceptability to the vast majority of Americans, Obama is going full steam ahead with this “green economy” nonsense. Regardless of facts or reality, this administration is dead set on re-creating America in the image it likes best (i.e. European social democracy), regardless of the costs. So long as we end up with all the bells and whistles that are the hallmarks of our European betters (e.g. universal health care, carbon taxes, depleted military, enhanced welfare state, overwhelming government controls of the economy, sufficiently apologetic “transnationalist” foreign policy), the actual results of that transformation are unimportant. We may end up an economic basket case a la Greece, but hey, at least we’ll have all the nanny-state accouterments necessary to commiserate with the cool European kids.

It’s gotten to the point where pointing out that the emperor has no clothes only results in naked orgies of Utopian spending. This cannot end well.

[HT: InstaDriscoll]

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22 Responses to Spain Admits “Green Jobs” Program A Disaster

  • Money is not the root of all evil .. Lack of money is the root of all evil — Rev. Ike

    I’ve been saying from the beginning that the only thing “green” about “green jobs” is the money.

  • Aw Bruce, you know the answer to this, though I shouldn’t be saying it –  it’s because those Spanish guys couldn’t get it right….WE won’t have that problem.
    Same reason Socialism didn’t work for them crazy Russkies.
    Let me be clear, we’ll study what they did (just like we’re studying the Arizona immigration law) and we’ll learn from their mistakes.
    But we’re not being arrogant or anything, we’re just smarter.   Well, what I really mean is those people who tell us what to do from the East and West coasts are smarter, they’re eloquent and have initials after their names because they went to fancy high priced colleges.   Many of them are Quantum mechanics.  I personally have never even seen a Quantum, but I think they were building a dealership up the road before the bottom fell out of Bush’s economy.

    • You may be right.  Why else would La Gaceta use the headline “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster.” Obviously, it’s the “as sold” part that we shouldn’t mistake.
      The problem down the road, if there are any problems, will probably hinge on the loss of Robert McNamara’s “whiz kids” to straighten the whole thing out.  Otherwise, Obama will just blame Bush.

      • “kindly praises the dissection of “free ice cream” “green jobs” economics ” –
        They were only offering free ice cream, we’re giving away free unicorns and moonponies too, see? Proof…we’ve already learned from their mistakes.

  • McQ – Just as with the ObamaCare boondoggle that was rammed into law despite its (a) known problems that are only now being admitted to, (b) real costs that are only now becoming evident, and (c) unacceptability to the vast majority of Americans, Obama is going full steam ahead with this “green economy” nonsense.

    Hardly a day goes by without another outrage to sanity on the part of Imeme, the dems, and certain RINO’s (paging Lindsay Graham…).  Imeme especially campaigned in part on “restoring” science in our national debates; the left like to preen as the “reality-based community”.  Yet, their decisions and actions are those of… Well, I’m not really sure.  Are they:

    (A) Deliberately pursuing policies that are maliciously intended to harm the United States;

    (B) Too willfully ignorant to realize the impact of what they are doing;

    (C) Deranged in a real clinical sense?

    No responsible person outside the government could get away with what they do.  For example, if the manager of a factory announced that he was going to cut off the electrical lines and install a windfarm despite being told by every reputable engineer around that the wind farm couldn’t possibly supply his electricity needs, we’d rightfully consider the manager a lunatic who should be replaced ASAP by the owner(s).  If the manager of a freight line announced plans to replace his tractor-trailer trucks with Priuses despite being told that they simply don’t have the required cargo capacity, we’d rightfully consider him to be a lunatic who should be fired before he destroys the job of every driver, mechanic, and admin worker in his company.  But this is exactly the sort of thing the government, led by Imeme, IS doing.  And in the name of phony “science” that has been thoroughly debunked in the minds of anybody willing to look critically at the “proof” (or lack thereof).

    These people are insane.  Or, worse, they are deliberately trying to destroy our country.

    November cannot get here fast enough.

    • Guys – I didn’t write it.

      • I’m very sorry!  My apologies to MichaelW for the misattribution!

      • Let’s be clear, in the future we’ll study the poster id, and we’ll make the adjustments we need to make to correct the oversights caused as a result of  noting that many of the previous posts were actually yours.  Now some people seem to think that it’s easy to read these posts, but the fact of the matter is having to continually check the poster id from previous posts has unfortunately led to some inefficiencies and inaccuracies in reading the current ones.     I think it’s time we put an end to the petty grievances, the recriminations, and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled commentary while we worry about who posted what when and why.   By any measure I think it’s safe to say that McQ posts more than any other single poster, and it’s pretty obvious that those of us who read here have inherited a lot of material that we have to get through, and occasionally we’re going to make mistakes.
        I’m not trying to place blame, I’m trying to say clearly here’s what we’ve got and here’s our way out of it.   I’m offering a positive alternative to criticism that we’re not paying attention to who actually wrote this post.   But we readers have inherited a terrible mess, previous commentators, particularly George Bush who comments under the pseudonym of “Neo”  and Dick Cheney, who is most likely the man behind Ott Scerb, have confused the issue.  Doc and I will study this carefully and make recommendations for ways to avoid it in the future, but you have to understand, it’s not going to easy, and it’s not going to be quick.  I don’t think it’s reasonable for people to expect we can just come in here and fix all these attribution problems we’ve inherited overnight.

      • It’s just habit.
        You write 95% of this blog.  You can’t blame your frequent commenters for falling in assumption that you wrote it.
        After all, falling right in line is habitual for your frequent commenters.

        • You really shouldn’t talk about Erb like that…  😉

        • Actually, it’s pretty easy. I sign all my articles with “~McQ”. If its not there, it isn’t mine. Of course that assumes commenters read all the way through to the point that they actually get to the end of the article and see (or don’t see) that signature.

          • Michael didn’t provide a signature at the end. The absense of “McQ” at the end is something I’d likely not notice.

            What happens is that sometimes I read something that sounds a little “off” from the typical Qand O article, so I actually pay attention to the byline. But frankly, what Michael writes seems to be very consistant with what you write. Have Mona write another post, or maybe Scott Erb, and we would all look at the byline.

  • But but we can do it right. WE just have to THROW MORE money into the rabbit hole.  After all   WE”VE GOT OBAMA.  and if you dont believe me just ask Obama.

  • Just curious…is there a link to the original story in the Spanish newspaper?

    I’d love to believe this story…but since I posted the PJ media link at another site, I’ve been excoriated to produce a less biased link.

    • The entire Spanish newspaper story is featured in the PJ story. If those who are “excoriating” you can’t be bothered to click through and then click on the graphic of the newspaper page (which then loads a PDF of the entire page, in Spanish, of the story) then you shouldn’t worry about their criticism.

      • It’d be nice if I could find a La Gaceta newspaper that carried the article…
        It seems strange that a Google search for the author comes up dry.

  • Capitalism: the most moral of all economic systems known to man, and the greatest system of benevolence to the race in history.  Hard to beat, while never perfect

    • No, not perfect (anymore than the human race is never perfect) but SELF-CORRECTING.
      And every time I hear of it’s “imperfections” they’re bogus.

  • Why are we thinking that La Gaceta is a newspaper from Spain? It seems to me to be a Tampa Florida newspaper.