Duped: Canada’s ‘Green’ Jobs Bonanza Turns Cruel Hoax

OK, just tell ’em we’ll build a factory with a thousand jobs.


Hoodwinking its way around the globe, the wind industry always pitched the promise of building factories to locally manufacture blades or towers.

Over time, it’s turned out that such promises were just bait for the politicians they needed to sign over their constituents’ hard-won property rights, and to deliver the massive and endless subsidies that make this ‘industry’ tick.

Back in 2002, South Australia’s Labor government fell for it, hook, line and sinker: signing up to a deal that destroyed property rights (the usual planning rules were gutted in favour of wind developers) and, ultimately, its economy.

A band of chancers and shysters with Babcock & Brown (aka Infigen) promised a blade manufacturing plant – pencilled in its Memorandum of Understanding as being worth ‘$XX million’ in ‘exchange’ for ‘XX’ worth of taxpayer subsidies to build it – padding it out with more promises about ‘XX’ hundreds of groovy ‘green’ jobs. But, surprise, surprise, all SA got was an unstable grid and astronomical power prices. Precisely the same pitch was laid out in neighbouring Victoria, with the same hollow result.

On occasions though, the promise of local manufacturing jobs was delivered, often amid claims that thousands more groovy ‘Green’ jobs would soon follow.

Cut, or even threaten, the subsidies to wind power and those jobs disappear faster than snow in summer: Wind Power Subsidy Cuts Kill Thousands of Green Jobs: Siemens Sacks 6,000 Workers

Here’s a tale to the same tune from Canada.

Time and money running out on sale of idle wind turbine plant
CBC News
Paul Withers
15 February 2018

After two years and no takers, Nova Scotia is poised to end its efforts to sell an idle wind turbine manufacturing plant in Pictou County, bringing to a close another failed government-backed industrial enterprise.

“At $150,000 per month to keep the operation at status quo, we want this to happen, we want to find a viable operator. But the clock is ticking,” Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday, after touring the mothballed DSME Trenton plant.

That money goes toward keeping the facility in a sellable state.

Related story: Failed wind turbine plant needed ‘special support’ from the start

“At this point, I’ve been given the operational funds to continue this to the end of the fiscal year, to continue this receivership process,” said MacLellan. “But once we get to April 1 and the new budget season, we have to figure out what to do with the site.”

MacLellan said the province is looking at three options for the Trenton-based plant: liquidate the assets; find a buyer; or demolish portions of the site and find commercial uses for the rest.

Starting in 2010, Nova Scotia taxpayers pumped $56 million into the operation via provincial loans and grants before the government called a $32-million loan in February 2016, pushing the manufacturing plant into receivership.

The receiver, PricewaterhouseCoopers, has had offers but a sale was never finalized.
CBC News


About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Take a look at how Al Gore is trying to influence our election in Ontario: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/03/08/al-gore-ontario-pc-carbon-tax-kathleen-wynne_a_23380977/
    One candidates for this election has threatened to “rip the turbines out”. The disenfranchised in rural Ontario who have and are experiencing so much distress are paying attention to her.

  2. Unfortunately we have the same problem in Ontario where over 7000 wind turbines around the province can only produce 6 to 8% of the total electrical energy generated by all sources in the province…and Gore has just extolled the ‘virtues’ of green energy at a Toronto Liberal event!! What utter bullshit! Oh yes, and Ontario has some of the highest hydro rates on the N.A. continent!!..GORED AGAIN!

  3. Neighbors have all seen the waste of labour, materials doing jobs two and three times instead of once properly. The construction sites are over thousands of open acres not like the closed shop city industrial sites. Heavy trailers coming off trucks on public roads using our public roads as laneways. And still labour pushes these unviable power stations. Kepple princes asking the labour government for more money to make their two towers a week plant handle the bigger circcumference towers.not being able to increase throughput but. I suppose thats what over a million dollars a year subsidy per turbine which we pay through our increased power bills gets.

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