Spanish Green Jobs Study Is Back

That Spanish green jobs studies just won't go away. (Photo: petter palander [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

In March, I first wrote about a Spanish study that claims green jobs funding will cut 2.2 traditional jobs for every green jobs it creates. When I first discussed the study, I had no clue that I would write about it over, and over again. It has been several months since my last post on the topic and it the Spanish green jobs study is seeing a surge in media coverage, again.

My first post on the topic was Green jobs at what cost? That post turned into several more including a May 14th post that worked to debunk the Spanish green jobs study.

Now Caldaza, and groups like the Institute for Energy Research are renewing their anti-clean energy jobs fight. Pete Altman, a climate campaign director with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), addressed the topic in his post on the NRDC Switchboard blog: Debunking the “Spanish Jobs Study”: 9 Inconvenient Truths You Should Know About.

Among Altman’s 9 Inconvenient Truths are the fact that both the U.S. and Spanish governments have trashed the survey, Caldaza has ties to Exxon Mobil and global warming science denial conferences, and the Spanish green jobs study conclusions are in contradiction with the country’s own clean energy job data.

Altman’s closing sentiment on his blog sums up my view on the topic:

“Generally I admire people who don’t give up. But I admire them a lot more when the facts are on their side.”