Does federal support for the U.S. wind industry create large numbers of green jobs? Kenneth Green, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says such investments in wind power don’t necessarily create additional long term jobs. Comments Green: “Wind and solar have their place in our energy sector, particularly for off-grid and out-of-the-way uses. But anyone thinking that wind or solar power will produce significant amounts of electricity are engaging in wishful thinking. And anyone thinking wind or solar power will create jobs here is deluding themselves. With labor rates lower than a dollar an hour, and a near monopoly on the rare earth elements used to make wind turbines and solar cells, manufacturing jobs will be created in China and other developing countries, not in the United States.”
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