The key to greencollar jobs is inefficiency. The more labor intensive the energy production the more people you will employ.I haven't checked the calculations but the reasoning is impeccable.
Doing a reductio ad absurdum, you would construct a human powered generator. At a spacing of one meter, a 950 mile diameter wheel would employ five million people. At 1/10 horsepower per person you would generate 3 million kWh/day. Of course paying even the minimum wage gets your cost up to the $90.00 kWh range (i.e $80,000/month for the average home’s usage) but you’ve put 5mm folks to work.
December 11, 2008