I’m writing a very short piece on the nebulous “green jobs” we hear so much about, when I came across this claim from 2007:
Renewable energy creates twice as many jobs per unit of energy than traditional fossil fuel-based generating technologies.
Roughly translated, this says to me:
Renewable energy requires twice as many labor hours to generate one unit as an identical unit of energy produced from fossil fuels like coal or oil.
Why is that a selling point in favor of renewable versus fossil fuel-based energy sources? It’s almost like saying that renewable energy is good because it’s inefficient to produce.