Joe Biden promised that his green plan will create millions of good-paying jobs with loads of benefits. But how true is that?
As it turns out not only won’t it create millions of jobs, the jobs it will create will be low-paying with very few if any benefits. If you don’t believe me, ask The New York Times.
According to them, the jobs will be low-paying because they won’t be in manufacturing.
The thing is that Biden plans to insource solar panel production. It won’t work even with a large infusion of money from the taxpayers.
Solar panel manufacturers received big bucks with your tax dollars but they still folded like a cheap card table. The truth is we will be forced to buy our solar panels from China as we can’t depend on getting enough manufactured here in the states. We have to buy materials from China to make our own panels.
So, without being able to do our own manufacturing, what kind of jobs are left? Installing solar panels is a much lower skill set than manufacturing and as such pay much lower. Once solar panels and wind turbines are installed, many jobs are done away with since all you need are some people to maintain the equipment.
In Spain, the first country to try relying heavy on renewables found that they lost 3 jobs for every two created and manufacturers quickly fled the high energy costs.
But what, according to the Times, is the real deal about the Green New Deal? On July 16, under the headline, “Building Solar Farms May Not Build the Middle Class,” a news article delivered the bad news about good jobs:
On its current trajectory, the green economy is shaping up to look less like the industrial workplace that lifted workers into the middle class in the 20th century than something more akin to an Amazon warehouse or a fleet of Uber drivers: grueling work schedules, few unions, middling wages and limited benefits.
Now we can ask: Why the wide gap between the good-jobs promise and the looming bad-jobs destiny? The Times points to f’rinstance: In the past, electricity came from utility plants, typically fired by coal, oil, or gas. These plants were locally constructed, using local companies and local labor—including, of course, lots of skilled labor.
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By contrast, the Biden administration wants more power to comes from solar, which means solar panels—80 percent of which are made in China. (The U.S.-made share of the world market for panels is in the low single digits).