The disadvantages of green energy advancements in Australia

A recent study released by the New York Times about the renewable energy market in Australia stated that though the clean alternative fuels currently make up a meager 6% of the nation’s supplies; the coming few years may see those figures could soar drastically. One of the primary muscles behind the ambitious claim is the standing plan to erect a massive wind farm in the country’s lands over the next three years.

Despite the fact that there are myriads of developmental and bureaucratic obstacles preventing the vats project to truly take off the ground, the Times said that those snags are merely temporary and that once put in place; the farm will create countless construction jobs for the region, boosting the already emerging nation’s economy.

Yet numerous studies conducted in several reputable European universities have concluded that renewable energy- related jobs that sprout up during the building stages of new projects are by no means a permanent fix for economies. In fact, the sheer temporary nature of the jobs does considerable damage to the economies that their presence is supposed to stimulate. The elevated costs that accompany green power installations for the consumer are also a viable problem that has kept the trend from accelerating at a faster rate.

The numbers and predictions that the Times listed in its article sounded more like an Australian government speech, full of praise and positive outlooks than an actual relevant article that analyzes both the virtues and vice of any specific trend. That fact is alarming since respectable publications that boast with talented and forward- looking journalists should concentrate their energies on revealing unknown truths about the green industry’s advantages and shortcomings, rather than support some official agenda that serves only to elate its people for better or worse. As it stands now, the Times utterly failed to demonstrate the complex and two- sided success of the Australian clean energy industry.

The continent has plans in place to make a complete switch to green energy in the next decade, yet that aspiration that requires the building of a dozen solar plants and more than twenty wind farms carries more immediate debt than it does environmental and financial profit. The plan’s completion will cost the nation more than $370 billion over the ten years, and weekly advantages that any one household would see after that would amount to a meager eight dollars.

It is clear that in order to fully benefit from the undoubtedly necessary and future- bound green energy trend, nations like Australia need to make the switch. However, it is just as glaringly obvious that the radical change has to be implemented gradually, rather than rushing into the yet unexplored sector that will yield impressive results on paper, yet will fail to generate any actual viable advantage for the country.