The Green Model Has Turned Ugly

Russ Steele

Spain was and early adopter of green energy, wind and solar, and was held up as a model for California to follow by our former RINO Governor Arnold the Great Go Green Giant. The lynch pin in the Great Go Green Giant plan was AB-32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. CARB is busy implementing AB-32, with low carbon fuel mandates, cleaner cars, cap and trade, and subsides for wind and solar power.

But, the model has turned ugly, with 23 percent of the Spain’s work force unemployed.  For every green job created with renewable energy subsides 2.5 non-green jobs were killed as energy costs soared.  Now Spain has suspended all subsidies for renewable energy power plants, according to a Bloomberg

Spain halted subsidies for renewable energy projects to help curb its budget deficit and rein in power-system borrowings backed by the state that reached 24 billion euros ($31 billion) at the end of 2011.

“What is today an energy problem could become a financial problem,” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in Madrid. The government passed a decree today stopping subsidies for new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants.

The system’s debts were racked up as revenue from state- controlled prices failed to cover the cost of delivering power. Costs have swollen in the past five years because of an increase in regulated payments for the power grid, support for Spanish coal mines and subsidies for renewable energy plants.


The Spanish action follows Germany’s announcement last week that it would phase out support for solar panels by 2017 and the U.K.’s legal battle to reduce its subsidies for the industry.

You can read the rest of the story HERE. My questions is,  if Spain was once the renewable energy model that California should follow, why are  California’s Governor and Legislature not following the model now that is has turned ugly and unproductive. Why do they think that California will turn out any different than Spain, who was once the worlds leader in renewable energy and now an unemployment basket case.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to The Green Model Has Turned Ugly

  1. Russ says:

    Spain’s unemployment figure passed the five million mark in the last quarter of 2011, official figures show.

    The National Statistics Institute said 5.3 million people were out of work at the end of December, up from 4.9 million in the third quarter.

    The rate rose from 21.5% in the third quarter to 22.8% – the highest rate in nearly 17 years.

    Spain already has the highest jobless rate in the 17-nation eurozone and is expected to slide back into recession.

    The 22.8% rate is more than twice the average unemployment rate of the eurozone, which stood at 10.3% in November, according to data released earlier this month.

    The Spanish figures show almost half of all 16-24 year-olds in the country are jobless – 48.6% compared with 45.8% before.

  2. Sean says:

    The slow down in Spain is a boon to Latin America. Apparently well educated Spanish young people are moving to Brazil and other South American countries where many technical jobs go begging. I suspect the risk takers and the entrepreneurs will be the first to go.
    California does have a couple of things going for it that Spain doesn’t have. Silicon Valley (which might just we well be called social network valley or telecom valley) has proved remarkably resilient. And all the barriers that California puts up to development may just put enough of a brake on green development that you guys don’t get in too deep.

  3. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    What is today an energy problem could become a financial problem,” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in Madrid.

    You already have that – the green energy thing is just a dog pile-on – just baffles me – continuing

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