Phoney, make-work jobs for benefits recipients (soon to include you and me, post automation revolution)!
If they are greenfield, labor-intensive large projects, no they're not. Cheap foreign workers, sophisticated engineering software and reliable internet make offshoring easy. Often western engineering firms will set up branches in India or China for just this purpose, bypassing western qualified workers. Of course it's easier to do during a recession and they just don't re-hire the laid-off when the economy picks up again.
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Never before have a commenter's sentence and sig gone so well together.
“The IPCC was not established – and is not controlled – by science academies. Rather, it is a child of one of the most politically driven bodies known to humanity, the United Nations."
"As a UN entity, the IPCC’s primary purpose isn’t to further scientific knowledge but to provide scientific justification for another UN entity – the 1992 treaty known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)."
"Evidence of this is in plain sight. At a 2008 event celebrating the IPCC’s 20th anniversary, chairman Pachauri told a group of IPCC insiders: “The UNFCCC is our main customer.”"
"Similarly a 2011 presentation by vice chair van Ypersele ends this way: “Conclusion: IPCC is eager to continue serving the UNFCCC process.”"
"An international treaty is a political instrument. This makes it impossible for any reasonable person to conclude that the IPCC is about science for science sake."
"This is science for politics sake.”