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Where Did All The Green Jobs Go?

March 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Patsy Lacey


Green jobs to triple, says Silly Jilly!



The number of ‘green collar’ jobs is set to triple by the end of the next decade under Government plans to boost the offshore wind industry.

Ministers are expected later this week to announce a major partnership between Government and the burgeoning industry to build on the success of the mega-turbines dotting Britain’s coastline.

The ‘sector deal’ is the tenth to be undertaken by ministers as part of the UK’s industrial renaissance and could spur the number of highly-skilled jobs within the green energy sector from 7,200 today to 27,000 jobs by 2030.

In addition, ministers believe the proportion of women working in wind could more than double from around 16pc today to 33pc by 2030, before ultimately rising to 40pc.

Claire Perry, the energy and clean growth minister, described the green economy as “the greatest economic opportunities of our time”, and said she wants to ensure that women and young people “benefit from this sea-change”.

The long-awaited deal, first reported in the Sunday Telegraph, is expected to grant the industry fresh Government funds in return for industry pledges that can help share the financial benefit across the wider economy.

The industry has proposed working with education institutions to help develop the skilled graduates which will take up a rising number of apprenticeships in the industry.




I wonder what happened to all those 400,000 green jobs, which Ed Miliband and Peter Mandelson promised us in 2009, gullibly echoed by Geoffrey Lean?



Detailed plans for expanding renewable energy tenfold and cutting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that heat up the planet – all in little more than a decade – will be announced.

The plans will be spelt out in three documents due to be published in about ten days time.

Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, will unveil a White Paper that will spell out how emissions will be cut by at least 34 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020 and a ‘Renewable Energy Strategy’ to increase its use to 15 per cent of Britain’s total energy supplies by the same date.

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, will launch a ‘Low Carbon Industrial Strategy’ which the Government hopes will create 400,000 new jobs in environmental industries over eight years and "transform our whole economy and change our industrial landscape, our supply chain and the way in which we all work and consume".

Ministers expect the expansion of renewables alone to create 160,000 new green jobs, and even more are expected to result from measures to save energy, such as through better insulation of buildings.


By 2013, expectations had dropped somewhat, and Ed Davey could only promise us 200,000 new jobs:


Additional investments of around £40 billion are expected in renewable electricity generation projects up to 2020, following updated contract terms and strike prices published today and wider reforms to the electricity market…..

Increasing the amount of home-grown renewable energy will boost energy security, reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, and support up to 200,000 jobs by 2020.


We wait to hear how many more millions of taxpayers’ money Claire Perry intends to pour into the offshore sector!

  1. Colin Brooks permalink
    March 6, 2019 2:35 pm

    By 2030 if all goes to plan (it is so far) A company in the UK will launch the first commercial Fusion reactor. That company is Tokamak Energy, will Mrs Perry be clearing away all the wind turbines for us when it happens?

    • Edward Bull permalink
      March 7, 2019 12:13 pm

      As a 9 year old in 1957, I learned on TV of the UK’s Zeta experiment, promising unlimited cheap electricity
      I’m 70 now. I wonder if I’ll be around to see it realised?

    • matthew dalby permalink
      March 8, 2019 12:07 pm

      I remain dubious, as nuclear fusion has been 15 or 20 years away for the last 60 years. Let’s hope it is commercially viable by 2030, as it will be just in time to replace all the wind turbines that only have planning permission for 25 years (onshore) or are going to need replacing anyway because they only last so long operating in extreme environments.

  2. bobn permalink
    March 6, 2019 2:58 pm

    Ha Ha.Paul, I hope you’ve posted your reality check to the Telegraph. Would make a nice article for Christopher Booker to show how our £billions in investment and promises of 300,000 jobs have actually resulted in a mighty 7,200 jobs. The Telegraph should be ashamed of continuing to trumpet Govt lies without serious analysis and criticism. Every ‘green job’ announcement has so far been proven to be bullshit and lunatic fantasy.
    ‘Let them eat fairy cake’ says Queen Perrywrinkle

  3. March 6, 2019 3:30 pm

    Ah but these are 7,200 highly-skilled jobs! The rest of the 400,000 Ed Miliband jobs are low-skilled (cleaning solar panels etc).

  4. Curious George permalink
    March 6, 2019 3:35 pm

    Offshore sector .. do they mean Swiss banks? Or maybe the Bahamas?

  5. Emrys Jones permalink
    March 6, 2019 4:33 pm

    The ‘green jobs’ stuff was predicated on a foolishly literal application of simplistic Keynesian economics, “if we do this much public spending it will stimulate this much growth”. The trouble is, with Globalization and the EU, that growth is likely to be in someone else’s country. As the UK has few players in the ‘green’ industry it clearly wasn’t going to be in the UK.

    Worse than that, a company installing a wind farm in Scotland refused to employ the son of a friend of mine on safety grounds – he didn’t speak Polish so not allowed to work on the site. The guys on site brought all their food and drink with them, they spent nothing locally, all the parts were shipped in from Denmark and Germany, they even shipped in the building materials. All that didn’t stop the Scottish Govt from enthusing about ‘stimulating the local economy’

    • bobn permalink
      March 6, 2019 5:18 pm

      Agree that simplistic Keynesian economics, “if we do this much public spending it will stimulate this much growth” is rubbish. Every bit of investment in businesses im involved in is directed at mechanising so we can reduce jobs. Being an employer is the worst and most underappreciated job in the world. From PM down, all they want to do is load you with red tape, costs and responsibilities. Time for employers to go on strike and demand their ‘rights’. How about an employers Union. How about sick pay and holiday pay and paternity pay for employers from the employees? That would only be equal and fair in the false logic of our socialist culture!

      • Emrys Jones permalink
        March 6, 2019 6:16 pm

        It surprises me that no one in British politics, or EU politics, seems to have grasped that we are in competition with Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Not in 10 years time, now. There is nothing that makes money that they don’t fancy doing, there is nothing that they can’t do. We need to, erm …, be competitive. Ridiculous idea I know.

        Still hiding your head in the sand and virtue signalling is much less hard work.

      • Gamecock permalink
        March 7, 2019 12:12 am

        Zactly. Jobs are a COST, not a BENEFIT!

        Rate payers will have to pay for every damn one of ’em.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        March 7, 2019 1:48 pm

        The problem Emrys is that it would take somebody with intelligence in politics and they just don’t exist. Being knowledgeable is considered a grave disadvantage to your career as you will invariably be at odds with the establishment.

  6. March 6, 2019 4:48 pm

    Triple is piffle, because the govt bigs-up the “green economy” by including anything that does not involve fossil fuels, such as nuclear and hydro power and fitting insulation, here is the complete list:

    The low carbon sectors are: offshore wind, onshore wind, solar photovoltaic, hydropower, other renewable energy, bioenergy, alternative fuels, renewable heat, renewable combined heat and power, energy efficient lighting, energy efficient products, energy monitoring, saving or control systems, low carbon financial and advisory services, low emission vehicles and infrastructure, carbon capture and storage, nuclear power, fuel cells and energy storage systems.

    The DT has fallen big-time for green propaganda, even their hard-nosed economics journos describe the oil/gas as being “under siege”, citing for example the handful of protesters that gather outside industry meetings, as the rest of the world goes about its fossil-fueled business.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 6, 2019 6:37 pm

    Looks like our moronic government has been caught sleeping on the job by lying eco-loons.

    Government Fracking Guidance ‘unlawful’.

  8. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 6, 2019 7:51 pm

    One would think – hope – that an Oxford graduate like Perry had heard of Bastiat and his broken window fallacy and apply what that informs her to Green jobs. But then, she doesn’t know the difference between the national deficit and the national debt (Radio 5).

    It’s bad enough that, having been told about this over a year ago (by me), her Wiki entry still says about her that: “One of her contemporaries at Brasenose was George Monbiot, who described her in his column for The Guardian as, at the time, “a firebrand who wanted to nationalise the banks and overthrow capitalism”

    If she had any nous she would have changed it – or got one of her underlings to do it for her.

  9. David Kendrick permalink
    March 6, 2019 8:20 pm

    The Jobs went to Denmark and China, the wind turbine companies(MHI Vestas) home country and the manufacturer(s) of the components various chinese sub contractors. Same modus operandi as HS2, O2, Nimrod, admittedly it is the publics own fault for believing something which was never actually said that jobs would be created in Britain with UK government deficit spending on white elephants since by and large even the workforce must be diverse therefore include inuit and indonesian hobbits to be considered for the contract.

    Then again there was not popular vote therefore assent either, taxation should be opt in so the public should have its say by refusing to fund the pork barrel with no cross subsidy across the industry. Big tax codes but overall the government gets put on a leash. Not as good as Democracy but thats the end game to work towards rather than a rebranded 1641 Corporative run Republic which we have. Representative Democracy my ….

  10. March 6, 2019 9:30 pm

    how many more millions of taxpayers’ money

    Make that billions :/

  11. John F. Hultquist permalink
    March 6, 2019 9:34 pm

    If you put an electric motor in a city bus,
    . . . is driving the bus a green job?
    . . . is washing the bus a green job?
    . . . is the dispatcher a green job?
    . . . the bookkeeper?

    You need to understand these things, otherwise the “green jobs” numbers are worthless.

  12. March 7, 2019 8:49 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  13. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 7, 2019 8:59 am

    More jobs for Belgium/Spain/UAE but not Scotland apparently.

  14. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 7, 2019 9:03 am

    Another blood boiler.

    And the BBC is quoting ex-embedded BBC eco-loon Richard Black too!

  15. Ian Cook permalink
    March 7, 2019 10:32 am

    You may be being harsh, there are probably many more people employed trying to sell ‘renewable’ energy (conservation of energy, anyone?). I had a doorstep visit by one recently, who let me know that price rises were due to fossil fuels, but his company would supply electricity that was 100% from renewable sources. I laughed at both assertions and he stormed off in a huff.

  16. March 7, 2019 10:46 am

    Are the receivers of bankrupt bankrupt Green energy biz working in green jobs ?
    I’ve stopped counting how many of those small energy corps have gone bust
    Solarplicity is in trouble now.

  17. March 7, 2019 11:17 am

    Radio Humberside have selected the Telegraph article for operation BBCbangingOn coverage started last night in every news bulletin still going at 10:30am
    Lots of hyperbolic language “green jobs” “more ELECTRICITY from wind than fossil fuels for the first time ever”
    ..I don’t know how close we are now.
    (The BBC Harra article itself is a lot less drum banging)
    They retweeted this

    and this (it’s just a pic not a link)
    and this

    and this

  18. March 7, 2019 11:20 am

    BBC Radio Humberside reporters are really banging a drum for Wind Industry PR
    my comment quoting their tweets will be in the moderation box

  19. March 7, 2019 12:33 pm

    With no apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary, “the answer, my friend” IS NOT “blowin’ in the wind.”

  20. Gerry, England permalink
    March 7, 2019 1:52 pm

    What a shame that Pixie Perry was talked out of quitting in a hissy fit over Brexit. The correct response was ‘Allow me to get the door for you.’

  21. Jon Scott permalink
    March 8, 2019 5:36 pm

    Do you really think the maggots cashing in on this climate alarmist libtard nonsense care about jobs? The criminal lack or reality among virtue signaling politicians in all of this leaves me lost for words. Causing an energy crisis in support of a religion. Too stupid for words.

  22. Jon Scott permalink
    March 8, 2019 5:36 pm

    Do you really think the maggots cashing in on this climate alarmist libtard nonsense care about jobs? The criminal lack or reality among virtue signaling politicians in all of this leaves me lost for words. Causing an energy crisis in support of a religion. Too stupid for words.

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