The green jobs movement is strong here in the United States but not everyone is a fan of the concept. The now debunked Spanish green jobs study is still used as the basis for the public outcry against green jobs but the anti-green jobs movement isn’t a purely American phenomenon. There are actually green jobs naysayers in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
James Delingpole blogs about how green jobs are affecting the British economy in a post for The Telegraph:
“The renewable energy industry is helping to destroy the UK economy and drive up unemployment says a new report. For every one of David Cameron’s “green jobs” created in the renewable energy sector (mainly solar and wind), another 3.7 jobs are being lost in the real economy, says the independent study by Verso Economics.”
I’m predicting a new wave of anti-green jobs rhetoric based on the “UK green jobs study” now, replacing the “Spanish green jobs study” claims of 2009-2010.
In today’s issue of The Australian, Bjorn Lomborg examines the effect of green policies on the Australian job market:
“Job creation "cannot be defended as another benefit" of well-meaning green policies. In fact, the number of jobs these policies create is likely to be offset - or worse - by the number of jobs they destroy.”
Lomborg’s article is referencing the work done by Gurcan Gulen, a senior energy economist at the University of Texas at Austin. Gulen explains that while the promise of green jobs looks good on paper, there are many hurdles that must be overcome including accurately defining green jobs and differentiating between temporary and permanent job creation.
As you can see, the green jobs movement is facing resistance on a global level.