Renewable Energy Turns Out to be – Heh Heh – Unsustainable

OK, do you want the good news or the bad news?

The good news is that the biggest and most iniquitous state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme in the history of the world – aka the renewables industry – is collapsing across Europe. In Spain, for example, the government is finally cutting back on the massive subsidies which are the only thing that make renewable energy viable – but which also have the unfortunate side effect of destroying the economy.

Now the bad news: the lawyers are cleaning up.

Watch out America. You’re next. And apart from the legal bills, who’s going to pay for the decommissioning of all those bat-splatting, bird-slicing eco crucifixes? Not Big Wind, you can be sure of that …

  1. Pablo

    I can not believe all these complains about the “renewable energy sector” in Spain. Its by far the most efficient in the world.  They even managed to produce “solar energy” during the night: http://www.libertaddigital.com/economia/descubierto-el-fraude-de-la-energia-fotovoltaica-los-huertos-solares-que-funcionan-de-madrugada-1276389861/   (link in Spanish).

    Who could have guessed that people would cheat to get their hands on all those juicy subsides? It was impossible to predict… specially in a place like Spain.

  2. Israel P.

    Here in Israel, we take solar panels for granted (for hot water) and have for thirty years or so. I don’t think there is a subsidy of any sort, but I think the law requires that new housing has them.

    But of course the climate is different from Europe and the parts of the US where most folks live.

  3. James Delingpole
    C
    flownover: Won’t matter a jot to the US crew in Washoutington, they have their 2013 wind subsidies in place. A friend in the business upgraded his jet last year, business is good !!

    You ought to see the ruined landscapes. Here’s the Conception Abbey here in NW Missouri. 

    Sally Fields, it ain’t. · 10 hours ago

    Is this pic for real?

  4. Illiniguy

    Yes, but lawyers don’t despoil your landscape, and (allegedly) kill birds, although any bird species so stupid as to not be able to avoid a windmill blade deserves extinction.

  5. Jo

    There’s no allegedly about it. They do kill bats and birds. Bats die because the change in barometric pressure causes their lungs to burst. Those turbines are changing speed constantly and birds are typically looking at the ground for their prey. They are not accustomed to man’s latest folly.

    Expect more rodents, insects and disease as bird and bat populations decrease.

    There was a great article in the WSJ a few weeks ago discussing the issue and Fish & Wildlife’s unwillingness to take on the renewable energy folks.

  6. Dan Hanson

    I was in Germany a couple of years ago, and was shocked at the number of solar panels I saw.  They festooned the roofs of many houses and businesses, and were set up in the countryside in large arrays.  Solar cells everywhere you looked.

    The reason, of course, is that the government heavily subsidizes solar power.  It does this by taxing other energy forms and then giving the revenue to people who buy solar panels. 

    I went out of my way to talk to a couple of people about their experience with home solar energy.  Both of them said they would never do it again, even with the government’s subsidy.  The government’s promises of savings never materialized.  One man said that he calculated it would take more than 20 years to get his money back, even with the subsidy.  

    That prompted me to ask what the government was going to do when all those cells reached end of life and had to be replaced.  His answer:  The government had no such plan.  

    So how much power do all those solar panels festooning Germany generate?  About 3% of annual production.  It’s a total boondoggle.

  7. Jo

    Here’s the article from the WSJ. Notice the difference between the way windfarms are allowed to kill birds and yet oil companies are prosecuted for killing one. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324039504578259824223563736.html?KEYWORDS=fish++wildlife

  8. Dan Hanson

    Wind farms are being decommissioned all through the U.S. as well.  The huge Tehachapi wind region in California has over 5,000 wind turbines, and many of them have fallen into disrepair and are no longer operating. 

    Many decommissioned turbines and wind farms are just sitting fallow, rusting away and causing eventual environmental and physical hazards.  Unfortunately, the decommissioning costs promised by wind advocates turned out to be about as fanciful as their promises of energy returns. 

    The truth is that wind turbines are very large, complex machines that require a lot of resources to build, a lot of effort and cost to maintain, and which eventually reach their end of life and have to be dismantled and recycled.  And at every step, wind proponents have exaggerated their benefits and underestimated their cost.

    I’m actually a fan of wind power in the right application.   There are a small number of places with high, consistent winds where wind power is profitable.   However, those areas have already been developed.  Once you move down the list of premium sites to the also-rans, wind power rapidly becomes unfeasible.  It will never scale past a few percentage points of total power production.

  9. flownover

    Won’t matter a jot to the US crew in Washoutington, they have their 2013 wind subsidies in place. A friend in the business upgraded his jet last year, business is good !!

    You ought to see the ruined landscapes. Here’s the Conception Abbey here in NW Missouri. 

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    Sally Fields, it ain’t.

  10. Dan Hanson

    That’s a Photoshopped image, right?

  11. Percival
    flownover:

    Sally Fields, it ain’t. · 37 minutes ago

    Sister Bertrille can’t take off in all that turbulence.  She’d ground loop for sure.

  12. Indaba

    Our Ontario leader just had to quit iver energy policy. Turns out the breeze and the sunshine can not do the heavy lifting. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/04/scott-stinson-mcguinty-liberals/

  13. GLDIII

    One cannot make legislative laws to overrule the laws of Thermodynamics. But most of the enlightened left did not take those courses while partying in college, tis a pity they are discovering those realities with our tax dollars.

  14. Frederick Key

    Spain tried–man, how they tried–with solar panels and molten salt towers and the works. Too bad about the collapse. Green energy proponents have got to come to grips that it is not a lack of will that’s causing failure, but a lack of energy.

  15. Dan Hanson

    Green energy proponents also need to understand that they cannot use force to move a market as large and critical as our energy infrastructure.   You cannot make wind or solar power competitive and profitable by waving a legislative wand.  You can not change reality by decree.

    The reality is that every drop of oil and gas that is in the ground is going to be reclaimed and burned until the day comes when other alternatives are more profitable.

    The reality is also that fossil fuels are fungible:  You can pass a law that not a drop of oil may be burned in the United States and all that will do is drive down global prices and create extra energy consumption elsewhere.  

    The left will never get a global agreement on renewable energy so long as China and India’s demand for energy continues to skyrocket, and as long as there are trillions of dollars to be made selling fossil fuels.      Trying to force the issue through alt-energy subsidies, carbon taxes,   or other foolishness does nothing except transfer wealth from those who would restrict energy to those who will not.  Every time Obama refuses a drilling permit, Vladimir Putin smiles.

  16. Brian Clendinen
    James Delingpole

    flownover: Won’t matter a jot to the US crew in Washoutington, they have their 2013 wind subsidies in place. A friend in the business upgraded his jet last year, business is good !!

    You ought to see the ruined landscapes. Here’s the Conception Abbey here in NW Missouri. 

    Sally Fields, it ain’t. · 10 hours ago

    Is this pic for real? · 5 hours ago

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    Yes and no, although I think only at specific angels it looks really bad.

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  17. Stuart Creque

    Look at how a “green” energy scheme in Scotland has managed to decimate a population of an endangered species while not managing to produce much in the way of energy:

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/hydro-firm-caused-hundreds-of-years-of-damage-1-2798506 

  18. Michael Collins
    Brian Clendinen

    James Delingpole

    flownover:

    You ought to see the ruined landscapes. Here’s the Conception Abbey here in NW Missouri. 

    Sally Fields, it ain’t. · 10 hours ago

    Is this pic for real? · 5 hours ago

     

    Yes and no, although I think only at specific angels it looks really bad. · February 19, 2013 at 5:03pm

    Edited on February 19, 2013 at 5:07pm

    Do you mean angels such as Sally Fields?