Climate Resistance Editor Ben has an article in The Register, on the UK government’s Low Carbon Industrial Strategy – the ‘Green New Deal’.
Apparently 400,000 new “environmental sector” jobs will be created by 2017, according to Gordon Brown, who reckoned 1.3 million people would by then be working in “green” jobs. According to Mandelson, “The huge industrial revolution that is unfolding in converting our economy to low carbon is going to present huge business and employment opportunities.”
But what are these jobs – and how did they get that number?
Annoyingly, there wasn’t time to include the latest news from the UK’s ‘growing’ green sector, that BP have axed 620 of 2,200 jobs at its solar power operations. The Guardian takes up the story.
Andrew Mill, who sits on the UK government’s Renewables Advisory Board, told the Guardian 10 days ago that the renewables sector was heading for crisis and British ministers’ climate change targets would not be met. “The government has done a lot in terms of policies and targets, but the reality is that it was always going to take a lot of money to make it happen. And that money is not coming through quickly enough.”
In other news, the failure of the government’s unicorn-spotting task-force has also been blamed on insufficient funding.
More seriously, that renewable technology cannot produce the goods – literally – at a time when we are, allegedly, suffering from ‘peak oil’, and massive subsidies are available to renewable generators, and fines imposed for failing to meet targets, all ought to wake our glorious leaders up a bit. Instead, the language emerging from the G20 meetings indicates their belief that the ‘economic recovery’ will be ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’.
It will be powered by unicorn shit.