The Red New Deal

“Green” industries – like the jobs “building solar panels” that the current administration is telling newly-unemployed pipeline workers to try to get – are fleeing Germany for…

well, you can probably figure it out:

The number of jobs in the German renewables sector (production and installation) has fallen from about 300,000 in 2011 to around 150,000 in 2018, the German Trade Union Association (DGB) found in an analysis of employment in the energy transition.

The drop in employment is mostly due to the collapse of Germany’s solar power industry over the past decade, as many companies were forced out of business thanks to cheaper competitors from China scooping up most of the market. The number of jobs in solar PV panel production and installation fell from a record 133,000 in 2011 to under 28,000 seven years later.

Industries build around commoditizing technology – like solar panels – are inevitably going to be drawn to the cheap labor.

To be fair, Democrat policy is to skip the “cheap labor” phase of the continuum of misery, and drag most Americans straight to perpetual underemployment.

11 thoughts on “The Red New Deal

  1. Not cheap labor, Mitch. Automated labor. The assembly of any mass produced commodity can be reduced to code…even the bots are made by bots now.

    Which begs the question of what the reprobates think we will do with the millions of illiterate, unskilled, low IQ GuataMexidorians Pedo Joe is encouraging to enter the country illegally.

    Who will be able to afford to have them mow lawns? What happens when the middle class can no longer afford to feed and house them? What happens when there is no middle class?

    Reprobates can nothing about any of that; they got theirs, we can fuck off and die.

  2. Meanwhile China has 250 GW of coal fired power plants under construction. For those you keeping score, that’s more than are currently operating in the USA. Thank God President Biden joined the Paris climate accords! We are saved.

  3. g-doc, it’s a good day for Joe when he manages to avoid spilling most of his pablum on his bib. He has no idea what the climate accords mean; it’s not his idea to jump back onboard them…he’s carrying out the daily activities proscribed by his caretakers.

    10/10 China chases the US Navy out of the South China Sea next year, and Pedo Joe won’t do a fucking thing about it. By then he won’t know day from night. That will be the end of Taiwan.

  4. Industries build around commoditizing technology – like solar panels – are inevitably going to be drawn to the cheap labor

    China does not do cheap labor – for long.

    1) They undercut their competition with cheap labor and government subsidy.

    2) Once their competition is driven out of business, they raise the prices. For instance aspirin and ibuprofen, once produced in the US are now made in China and cost more than they did when manufactured here,

    3) If their competition re-enters the market…..Go back to step 1.

    The Democrats know this, support this and are richly rewarded for perpetuating this.

  5. In business, you don’t want to be a provider of a commodity.
    A commodity seller cannot differentiate itself in the marketplace for its product. It can only compete on price. It cannot use the means businesses commonly use to add value & not compete solely on price — branding & other IP.
    In the ideal capitalist world, workers provide a commodity product.
    In other words, businesses want their workers to be in the same economic position that would make them recoil in fear of failure.

  6. So if you want to increase the market position of American workers, give them the ability to differentiate themselves in the labor marketplace. There are a number of ways this could be done, legally, one would be to insist that labor done in the US has to be done by US citizens.

  7. People may think I’m insane for writing this, but it strikes me that if we really want to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, what you’ve got to do is to end subsidies for “alternative” energies and replace them with a revenue tariff and an excise on fossil fuels–and a big income tax cut.

    And as MP notes, yes, reining in abuses of immigrant visas would be a good thing as well, and then we can add in the notion that government ought not be run for the benefit of large corporations in general–the regulatory and tax state, etc.. Get that through, and liberals and RINOs/Rockefeller Republicans most hurt.

  8. Except for the fact that there’s never been a good reason to reduce emissions in the first place. All dire scenarios are computer generated results of what “could happen” in the future, and as such isn’t evidence.

  9. Jim, there are actually a few reasons to reduce fossil fuel emissions, in my view. For starters, if indeed climate can change for whatever reason, we might want to be able to use energy efficiently to cope. Hard to do that if we’ve organized things so as much gets used as possible now, and economically recoverable reserves have dwindled. Since the geologists tell us that we had both a jungle age and an ice age, I infer that climate change is entirely possible and likely. It’s simply not necessarily because of human action.

    Going further, excises are far more efficient taxes than the income tax, and the cost of compliance with the latter is closing in on half a trillion bucks annually. There is a huge benefit to simplifying the tax code–well, perhaps except for the tax lawyers, accountants, and tax preparers!

    Finally, apart from inducing people to use fuel sparingly, it really isn’t a strong incentive to specific actions, and thus does not place Congress or bureaucrats in the place of directing the economy.

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