Solar Jobs cost the Earth

An employee is hiding behind each of those panels -NOT

In response to an article on Climate Progress, The Daily Bayonet writes a rebuttal. Climate Progress celebrates that the US solar sector employs more people than the US steel industry.
In other words, they fudged the numbers to fit the agenda.  If it were a true comparison, their argument falls at the first hurdle, so they move the hurdle.  Hey, it’s climate science, fudging numbers is what they do.  But that’s not what this post is about.
It’s about efficiency.  Solar is an inefficient energy source, it’s an even less efficient source of jobs.

The writer points out that the original article (LINK) is using unfair comparisions.
Using the same source as above, coal produced about 21% of the nations electricity in 2009.  It employed about the same number of people as the steel industry (134,000). Quick and dirty summary:
  • 100,000 solar jobs = 1% total energy produced.
  • 134,000 coal jobs = 21% total energy produced.
That’s an efficiency gap greens can’t account for.  The coal and steel industries became far more efficient as they matured.  Solar panels may yet become more efficient, it’s possible they might attain 40% efficiency soon.  But they need to be replaced every 20 years, and they don’t make sense without generous subsidies.
H/t The Climate Change Despatch 

See also Global on the story.

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