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Matt Ridley on Wind Power Benefits

Via Matt Ridley we find out that wind power has unexpected benefits:

Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, …

And the reference is to a report from Verso Economics which says this:

for every job created in the UK in renewable energy, 3.7 jobs are lost

But as we know, jobs are a cost not a benefit. So says Tim Worstall (and he’s probably right).

If jobs are a cost then ‘killing’ jobs must be a benefit of wind power, no?

Odd then that Ridley mentions it as if it were a bad thing.

Fearless, fresh, forensic and funny, Tim Worstall cuts through all the nonsense and brings sparkling and profound economic insights to the environmental debate. Read this book. –Matt Ridley, author of ‘The Rational Optimist’