Posts Tagged ‘green energy policies’

New paper at SPPI: Killing Wildlife in the Name of Climate Change

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Source: SPPIBryce

by Robert Bryce

The facts show that federally subsidized efforts that are being undertaken to, in theory, address climate change, are damaging America’s wildlife. Furthermore, those same efforts have, for years, been allowing an entire industry to avoid federal prosecution under some of America’s oldest wildlife laws.

The Green Distruction of Nature

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Source: The Scotsman  4187-25993

ONLY a fraction of Scottish forests felled to make way for wind farms have been replanted, figures show, sparking calls for a ban on new developments.

Forestry Commission statistics reveal that about five million trees – almost one for every person in Scotland – have been cut down to clear space for turbines in the past six years but less than a third of them have been replaced.

Of the 2,510 hectares stripped of woodland to make way for turbines since 2007, just 792 hectares were reforested after construction was completed.

The Scottish Conservatives, who obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request, claimed the figures are evidence that the Scottish Government is “destroying nature” in a bid to meet its own climate targets, which aim for all the country’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020. (more…)

Europe Pulls The Plug On Its Green Future

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: The Australian

  • by Benny Peiser

As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy strategy is dying on the vine. Green dreams are giving way to hard economic realities.

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Solar panels in Spain, where 50,000 solar panels entrepreneurs face financial disaster following cuts in government subsidies.Source: AFP

Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.

The mainstream media, which used to encourage the renewables push enthusiastically, is beginning to sober up too. With more and more cracks beginning to appear, many newspapers are returning to their proper role as the fourth estate, exposing the pitfalls of Europe’s green-energy gamble and opening their pages for thorough analysis and debate. Today, European media is full of news and commentary about the problems of an ill-conceived strategy that is becoming increasingly shaky and divisive. (more…)

Sprechen Sie “Green Energy”? ¡No Más!

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Source:  Red State

Time running out on "green energy"

Time running out on “green energy”

Throw another shrimp on the parabolic solar reflector, mate.

By: Steve Maley

As President Obama doubles down on his green energy initiative, maybe it’s time to look around the world and see how the foray into the future of rainbows and unicorn farts is working out for our more progressive and forward-thinking allies. We’ll visit Spain, Germany and Australia and see how their campaigns to replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy in favor of wind and solar energy are working out for their economies.

Spain is regretting its green energy adventure, restructuring generous subsidies which …

… have been wildly successful at encouraging solar and wind farm construction. They have utterly failed, though, to help build profitable industries. Now the Spanish central government is dealing with a residual tariff deficit of €4.5 billion [$5.9 billion] for this year alone. That’s the difference between the amount Spanish consumers pay for electricity and the cost of producing it.

Not surprisingly, industry groups are outraged over the move, which will cost solar and wind companies €2.7 billion [$3.6 billion] per year in subsidies and hike consumer rates by 3.2 percent. ["Spain Cuts Green Energy Losses", The American Interest, July 15, 2013.] (more…)

Southern Co. Nuclear Plant Plan Upheld by Appeals Court

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Source: Bloomberg

Opponents of Southern Co. (SO)’s plan to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia failed to persuade a federal appeals court to revoke the license and reactor-design certification granted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today rejected arguments by nine environmental groups that the commission didn’t fully consider the lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant disaster before approving the $14 billion project at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant.

“NRC thoroughly analyzed the environmental consequences of severe accidents for Vogtle,” U.S. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards wrote in the decision. (more…)

BILLIONAIRE “FORCING” CLIMATE CHANGE, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Source:  http://www.cgfi.org/2013/04/billionaire-forcing-climate-change-by-dennis-t-avery/

A Wall Street billionaire is pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to make manmade global warming the “defining issue of our generation.” Most recently, he sent airplanes with banners over Boston that read “Steve Lynch for Oil Evil Empire.” Lynch, a fellow Democrat and Senate candidate, favors the Keystone pipeline and the jobs it would create.

“The goal here is not to win,” says Tom Steyer, who assembled his $1.4 billion fortune as a hedge fund manager. “The goal here is to destroy these people, We want a smashing victory.” Smash any politicians who might “wimp out” on the harsh policies necessary to change the world into Steyer’s “green energy” image. Spoken like a true Big Board Type-A personality. (more…)

Views from abroad

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Source: Climate Policy Network
1) Germany’s Green Energy Transition May Force Out Industry – Die Welt, 7 August 2012

2) UK Government Scraps Environmental Regulations To Save £400 Million – Energy Efficiency News, 8 August 2012

3) Ivo Vegter: It’s A Disaster That ‘Peak Oil’ Is Not A Disaster – Daily Maverick, 7 August 2012

4) David Bergeron: Solar Subsidies Are ‘Diabolical’ – The Big Questions, 6 August 2012

5) Leo McKinstry: We Pay The Price For Folly Of Green Politics – Daily Express, 8 August 2012

Biofuel Production in Brazil

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source: NIPCC

Reference
Walker, R. 2011. The impact of Brazilian biofuel production on Amazonia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101 (4): 1-10.

In a thought-provoking article recently published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Robert Walker of Michigan State University’s Department of Geography writes that “although biofuel represents a renewable and ‘green’ energy,” it has what he rightly calls “a downside,” the potential problem being, as he describes it, “the impact of growing international biofuel demand on Amazonia.” Therefore, focusing on Brazil, and “given the explosive growth of Brazilian agriculture, and notable effects on forests within its national borders,” he seeks to answer the question: “How will global demand for Brazil’s land-based commodities, including biofuel, impact its tropical forest in the Amazon basin?” (more…)

Obama: “Reward our friends, punish our enemies.”

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Source:  Daily Beast

by Peter Schweizer

When President-elect Obama came to Washington in late 2008, he was outspoken about the need for an economic stimulus to revive a struggling economy. He wanted billions of dollars spent on “shovel-ready projects” to build roads; billions more for developing alternative-energy projects; and additional billions for expanding broadband Internet access and creating a “smart grid” for energy consumption. After he was sworn in as president, he proclaimed that taxpayer money would assuredly not be doled out to political friends. “Decisions about how Recovery Act dollars are spent will be based on the merits,” he said, referring to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. “Let me repeat that: decisions about how recovery money will be spent will be based on the merits. They will not be made as a way of doing favors for lobbyists.”

Really? (more…)

Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Source: PushBack

(Attack Of The Socialist-Luddites)

The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.

—Kenneth Boulding, originator of the “Spaceship Earth”
concept (as quoted by William Tucker in Progress and Privilege, 1982)

We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last!

—Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue).

Free Enterprise really means rich people get richer. They have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…. Capitalism is destroying the earth. (more…)

Climate change policies risk major damage to the economic recovery

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Source:  Civitus

A preoccupation with ‘green’ energy policies at any cost undermines the competitiveness of manufacturing industry

A newly published report from the independent think tank Civitas reveals that the increased costs of energy arising from ‘green’ energy policies are set to increase significantly. Increased costs will hurt manufacturing at a time when much depends on the sector to generate the economic growth the country needs, and to rebalance the economy.

In British Energy Policy And The Threat To Manufacturing Industry, Ruth Lea and Jeremy Nicholson examine the impact of the recent Labour Government’s policy on energy prices. They argue that Labour’s aim to reduce carbon emissions and increase the proportion of energy generated from renewable sources, significantly increased costs for energy consumers. Lea and Nicholson’s analysis provides a timely warning because under the new Coalition Government, energy policy could be as damaging to manufacturing industry as it was under Labour. (more…)