May 1, 2009
Chris Tucker (202) 527-0123

Spanish Prof. Calzada Joins IER Economist Murphy, U.S. Professor Bogart, at Heritage Forum on “Green Jobs”

MONDAY, MAY 4 – 1:00 pm, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, Wash DC

Washington, D.C. – As the new administration continues to cite Spain as a model to be followed in executing an aggressive, government-directed, what it terms “successful” national program to create “green jobs,” a new study released by Spanish economist and professor Gabriel Calzada tells a very different story. Among its findings:

  • For every 1 green job financed by Spanish taxpayers, 2.2 real jobs were lost as an opportunity cost
  • 9 out of 10 green jobs created by Spain over the past 10 years are no longer in existence today.
  • Since 2000, Spain has spent €571,138 ($753,778) to create each “green job,” including subsidies of more than €1 million ($1,319,783) per wind industry job.
  • Those programs resulted in the destruction of nearly 113,000 jobs elsewhere in the economy.
  • Each “green” megawatt installed destroyed 5.39 jobs in non-energy sectors of the Spanish economy.

On Monday, May 4, Dr. Gabriel Calzada, of King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, will join Institute for Energy Research (IER) economist Robert Murphy, York College’s William T. Bogart, and Ben Lieberman, senior energy policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, on a wide-ranging panel exploring the topic of “green jobs” – what we know, what we don’t, and in what ways U.S. policymakers can learn from the Spanish experience.

The event is open to the media. To RVSP, please visit:

What: Panel discussion on Green Jobs

When: Monday, May 4, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium
214 Massachusetts Ave., NE; Washington, D.C.

Who: Dr. Gabriel Calzada
King Juan Carlos University
Madrid, Spain

Robert Murphy
Institute for Energy Research

William T. “Tom” Bogart
Professor of Economics,
York (Pa.) College

Hosted by: Ben Lieberman
Senior Policy Analyst,
Energy and Environment,
Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Spanish study:

Murphy study:

Bogart study:

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit public foundation that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. Founded in 1989, IER is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. No financial support is sought or accepted from government (taxpayers).


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