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Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:05 PM

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Migrants building 2.6bn British Pound windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage.

The wind industry is soaking up vast resources for essentially - at least if the goal is address climate change - zero result.

According to the most recent report from the UNEP/Frankfurt School, the industry soaked up 1.031 trillion dollars between 2007 and 2017.

Frankfurt School/UNEP Global Renewable Energy Investment, 2018, Figure 3, page 14

In the period between 2007 and 2017 the average rate of annual carbon dioxide increases was 2.25 ppm/year as measured at the Mauna Loa carbon dioxide observatory..

In the period between 1997 and 2007 - which included the El Nino year 1998 during which much of SE Asia's rain forest burned (2.93 ppm that year) the average rate of annual carbon dioxide increases was 1.987 ppm/year measured in the same laboratory.

In the period between 1987-1997 the measured rate of increase averaged 1.53 ppm/year.

Don't worry, be happy. We're doing great.

Twenty to thirty years from now, all of this "investment" will be landfill that people who are babies today will have to clean up.

But again, don't worry, be happy, because...because...because...well...um...that's their problem, not ours.

It's all about jobs! jobs! jobs! One of the great bits of propaganda about so called "renewable energy" is that it's all about jobs.

And right now there's a great £2.6 windfarm under construction off the coast of Scotland, a wonder of concrete, steel, aluminum, and a whole host of rarer metals you don't have to worry about because you're "green."


One may argue that unproductive jobs destroy the future - and the trillion dollar investment in wind, only exceeded by the equally useless investment in solar (1.291 trillion dollars between 2007-2017), has proved useless in addressing climate change - but, we'll that's OK if it's, um, "green." No?

Well, um, um, um...

Migrants building £2.6bn windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage

Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.

Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ union (RMT) have said, however, that the use of cheap foreign labour instead of local workers is a growing problem in the sector’s subcontracting chains. They have accused the government of failing to protect workers.

A group of Russian workers recruited as relief crew on the giant crane ship contracted to carry out the initial construction on the Beatrice windfarm were detained by immigration officials at Aberdeen airport in April 2017.

They were being brought in to the country on seafarer identity documents, intended for foreign crew leaving UK waters immediately, instead of the official permits required of people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) entering the UK to work...

...An ITF inspection on board the crane ship in the Moray Firth the following month found more than 140 migrant workers, the majority from Russia and some from Indonesia.

Contracts for some of them, seen by the Guardian, set rates of pay that were a fraction of the UK minimum wage...

Oh well, don't worry, be happy.

Hopefully they can find poor people to work at less than the minimum wage to haul all this crap away in 25 years, assuming that there are the resources for anyone to do anything in 25 years, when carbon dioxide concentrations will be more than 50 ppm higher than they are now.

I predict these turbines will just rot at sea when they fail. They'll be nothing left with which to clean them up.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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