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May 26, 2009

Cut out and keep map to 26,000 clean energy jobs nationwide

The coal mining sector will grow strongly with or without an emissions trading scheme in place, writes John Connor.


In the midst of a recession and global financial crisis any piece of good news, you would have thought, would be welcomed.

Not so from the Minerals Council who in recent days have been trying desperately to find dark linings to paint on some otherwise quite silver clouds.

Here is the good news they don’t want to you hear. The coal mining sector will grow strongly with or without an emissions trading scheme in place.

According the workers’ own Union the CFMEU, there will be 52,500 jobs in Queensland mining in 2030 under the Rudd Government ETS, an increase of over 120% from the jobs number in 2006 to 07.

There will be no actual jobs losses — there will be jobs growth.

But wait there’s more unpalatable good news — addressing climate is actually good for the economy and can create tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars of investments.

Research we commissioned from energy sector consultants MMA, shows that there are $32 billion worth of investments set to create more than 26,000 jobs — on the table now from business.

These figures are not a result of modelling, but actual proposals that have been announced and are underway now or are in the pipeline. No smoke and mirrors here. Locations and details can be viewed on our website using an interactive map.

The emissions trading scheme is one of the policy levers in the toolkit which will allow regional communities to capitalise on their comparative advantages and grow local industries and jobs.

If climate change and renewable energy legislation passes through Federal Parliament without being weakened it will help drive the industrial shift that can put Australia at the front of a global renewable energy boom which already employs more people worldwide than those directly employed in oil and gas.

The MMA report also shows that measures such as a requirement that 20% of energy comes from renewable sources by 2020, the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the Budget’s Clean Energy Initiative can also build almost five times the energy capacity of the iconic Snowy Hydro scheme.

These clean energy jobs are just the beginning. As we put in place stronger policies and as Australian industry invests more in clean energy and low carbon industries these will become the real growth areas for the global economy in the coming months, years and decades.



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21 thoughts on “Cut out and keep map to 26,000 clean energy jobs nationwide

  1. Joel B1

    That’s as nice a bit of satire as I’ve ever read. Still laughing!

  2. John Bennetts

    What’s with the Firefox/Mozilla graphics?

  3. denise allen

    And if Australian Governments of all persuasions embrace a Natural Fibre Industry especially industrial hemp – there will be thousands of more jobs as well. The NFI will save the forestry, paper and textiles industries across this country. All we need is the political will from Governments and unions.

  4. Stuart Moore

    Obscure how energy sector consultants ignore the best interests of the client by failing to advise:
    (a) that the key drivers of climatic variation are for all intents and purposes beyond the control of ‘joe average’,
    (b) that carbon dioxide is a relatively very minor player in this game relative to water vapour,
    (c) that the impact of increased carbon dioxide from present levels decreases logarithmically with increasing concentration,
    (d)that unless atmospheric carbon concentrations are reduced to very low levels, say below 100ppm which is arguably near impossible, there will no significant measurable impact on ‘climate’ distinguishable from the effects of much larger scale processes, and finally,
    (e) that carbon per se is NOT a poison (if it was we would all be dead because we are made of it!), so therfore,
    (f) the best thing to do is discard the whole ETS as proposed and concentrate on the REAL pollutants that are readily locatable on most Dangerous and Hazardous Goods listings.

  5. Joel B1

    The “clean” description is a bit of a misnomer. The two (2) existing Clean Green jobs in Hobart are at tips! (and they stink, I know, I live near one).

    Anyway on with the rant:

    Within 1 hour drive of Hobart (where I live, any further to drive and you may as well move to Melbourne or Sydney and get the benefits of a big city) there are three (3) existing landfill gas plants and one (1) wood biomass gas plant.

    They currently employ two (2) people. (And it must be a shit job, I live near one of those plants and the alarm is always going off at 3am in the morning, so up gets the worker in the freezing Hobart cold to go reset it at the tip)

    So that’s two (2) existing clean green jobs in Hobart both working at a tip. That’s it. There are two clean jobs in Hobart… There is another planned landfill biomass plant at Glenorchy tip, so one (1) more job there.

    Down south, in Huonville (50 min drive) there’s a planned native forest fed biomass plant that will employ 21 people. When Gunns wanted to set up some wood fed biomass plants like the one in Huonville the Greens here in Tasmania dismissed it as “ridiculous” (that’s from memory). They said “Gunns should leave the conservation to people who really care about the forests and planet”, so a nice bit of hypocrisy there from the Greens.

    Basically, I’m underwhelmed, three clean green jobs in the greater Hobart area, all at stinking landfills. Typical bl**dy green b*llshit.

  6. denise allen

    Joel B1 – the reason why there are so few “green” jobs in Tasmania is because you have a Government that is held captive to Gunns, the multi nationals and petro-chemical companies….and the Libs would be exactly the same if they were in power.

  7. Joel B1

    Oh no! this is too much!

    Just expanded the “map to our clean green future” and saw all these clean green projects up the Derwent Valley! That’s fantastic I thought, they look a bit familiar though..

    Hang on, I have heard of these before; Meadowbank, Cluny, Repulse, Catagunya, Wayatina, Liapootah, Tungatinah, Tarraleah and Nieterana.

    That’s right! they’re all existing Hydro Tasmania dams and power-stations. You know, like the ones the Greens won’t let us build anymore…

  8. Joel B1

    @Denise, did you read my comment about the Greens having a go at Gunns for wanting to build biomass plants, just like the one that’s on this map?

  9. Joel B1

    This is a real question, I’m curious…
    How many jobs in your area, on this map, that you would personally be prepared to do?

  10. Joel B1


    “because you have a Government that is held captive to Gunns, the multi nationals and petro-chemical companies”

    you forgot the Martians…

  11. Joel B1

    Ok, more research. And this is serious mum!

    According to the Clean Energy Job Map there is a clean green hydro plant near the mouth of the Tamar River, just near George Town and sort of near the new Gunns Pulp-Mill. This is what the map says:

    Technology Hydro
    Primary Fuel Hydro
    Status Existing
    Size (MW) 231
    Average Output (GWh) 940
    Direct Employment 15
    Construction Employment 250”

    Sorry, it doesn’t exist! It’s just not there! That power station is on the West Coast of Tasmania some 200 km away on the Pieman River. (Corrina is on the Pieman so you can get an idea on the incorrect clean green map)

    It’s simple basic elementary mistakes like this that show me how full of poo these people really are. So what percentage of these clean green jobs actually exist?

    Look it up “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reece_Power_Station,_Tasmania”

  12. denise allen

    Joel B1 – your right you do rant – one cant tell whether you are for or against greens jobs! And yed I would do any green job that was to do with a Natural Fibre Industry – do your research on this industry – you will find that it is the answer and will provide a myriad of green jobs in myriad of industries.

  13. denise allen

    Joel B1 – your right you do rant – one cant tell whether you are for or against greens jobs! And yes I would do any green job that was to do with a Natural Fibre Industry – do your research on this industry – you will find that it is the answer and will provide a myriad of green jobs in myriad of industries.

  14. Joel B1

    By “Natural Fibre Industry” you mean cotton? I’m all for it! Just kidding.

    I suspect you might mean Hemp(?). As someone who might have had a passing interest in this subject when younger I can confidently say Hemp is crap, it’s fibres are too long and too coarse, that’s why they make ropes out of it not clothes.

  15. denise allen

    Joel B1 – yes of course I mean industrial hemp and as I said – do your research you will find that those problems existed years ago we now have machines and new methods for processing that solves that problem. Industrial hemp makes fibreboard three times stronger than any wood, bio fuel (hemp ethanol) paper, fibreglass like product, textiles, oils, soap – etc etc etc – I can only guess when you were younger your interest was in the other form of hemp not industrial hemp – otherwise you would have the brains to do your research of what is happening in the industry today.

  16. Joel B1

    OK, it sounds interesting! I’ll take a look.

    But re the no brains bit I did kinda notice a bl**dy big power station had moved 200km providing much needed employment in the Tamar Valley, so no need for a pulp mill now!

    Except the power station hasn’t actually moved… Bit of a pro-green spin there on John Connor’s part maybe?

  17. denise allen

    Joel B1 – I might just convert you yet. In regard to your comment “no need for a pulp mill now” – I hope the Tasmanian pollies take notice of that! Re the power station? I shall do MY research on that one and ask John want he actually meant by his comments. Great sparing with you.

  18. MichaelT

    Hang on a second – this doesn’t add up. If there are going to be 120% more jobs in the coal industry under an ETS, how does this result in cutting our emissions? More coal workers = more coal = more emissions, doesn’t it? The only way around this would be through universal adoption of some kind of clean coal technology that hasn’t been implemented in a real world commercial scenario yet.

  19. Tom McLoughlin

    Carbon capture sequestration is supported by the Rudd ALP, ‘greenie’ Peter Garrett too (who we assume also supports the next big uranium mine approval in WA, and expansion of Roxby Downs to a massive open cut U mine).

    Not surprisingly the Climate Institute so beloved of the Rudd ALP also support Carbon Capture Sequestration. Because if they didn’t they couldn’t play with Big Govt and that’s where they are at fundamentally. Senator Milne calls it the Stockholm Sydnrome. It’s got nothing to do with science or principle. It’s about brute real politik to capture the green voice for the ALP … if they can.

    When it comes to survival of the species methinks democracy and the ecological crisis are way too big for these ALP tricks and illusions. Rollout the thermal solar and geo thermal nationally – anytime now would be just fine.

  20. Robert Ross

    Your map shows a 30 MW bagasse power station at Pambula on the Far South Coast in NSW. It would be nice to have it, but the nearest bagasse is probably 700 km further north. However there is a booming new industry at Pambula, installing solar voltaic and solar hws in the region.

    I suggest you ask for your money back… the map is up the wattle!

    Bob Ross

  21. Herod

    I can’t read suggestions about Green jobs doing great things for our economy without reflecting what a brilliant job creator it would be to harness a million people to a static bicycyle power generator (remember too those Egyptian pyramind builders didn’t have an unemployment problem). Greens would do still better because they would invest at least three times as much per megawatt of capacity as is required for coal-fired power stations.

    How silly of us to suppose that the Industrial Revolution and its further contemporary developments benefited us by making it possible for much more to be done with many few person hours work…..


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