Posts Tagged ‘Green jobs’

More Coal, More Gas, More Nuclear German Government May Abandon Green Energy Transition

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: CCNet

The German government no longer believes in the green energy transition. Doubts are growing in the ruling coalition government that the ecological project can succeed.  Berliner Morgenpost, 27 May 2012

Rising electricity prices are a growing worry for North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft (Social Democrats, SPD). “I am very concerned about the competitiveness of our energy-intensive industry,” Kraft told the newspapers of the WAZ-Group. For many industries, including chemical, steel, aluminium or cement, the electricity price is a key cost factor. The SPD politician pleaded for the construction of new coal-fired power plants. “We will continue to need fossil fuel plants as a bridge technology,” she said. After all, the Social Democrats had strengthened their vote in the recent state election because of the SPD’s very aggressively support for industry. –Die Welt, 25 May 2012 (more…)

Danes decline oil, gas, coal and nuclear

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Source:  European Energy Review

The newly elected Danish centre-left government has set Denmark on a radical decarbonisation course. It has raised the CO2-reduction target from 20 to 40 per cent by 2020 and wants a complete phasing out of all fossil fuel use by 2050. Denmark, poised to take up the EU Presidency in January, already has the highest energy prices in Europe, but the government believes its new ambitious green policies will be good for the economy: they will stimulate green technology with a big potential for jobs and exports.

The new Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (photo: Flickr)

Denmark is already known as a very ‘green’ country – a world leader in wind power use, but also in district heating systems. These green policies come at a cost: energy levies for Danish companies are 70 per cent higher than the average in the European Union, measured against the final demand for energy. The levies paid on heating and fuel are four times higher than the EU average according to a recent report from the Ministry of Taxation (Energiafgift for erhvervogkonkurrenceevne, in Danish only).

Electricity prices for households are the most expensive in the EU. (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…)

The Green Ball And Chain

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Source:  The American Interest

Environmentalism has been the bane of the Obama administration from the beginning.  The Copenhagen summit, the cap and trade fiasco, Solyndra: every time the administration tries to go green, it comes up with egg on its face.

The Obama administration’s environmental issues continue to grow. With the Solyndra failure looming large over the administration’s attempts to create green jobs, other U.S.-backed energy projects are having similar problems. From the Wall Street Journal: (more…)

How I Learned to Stop Considering Evidence and Love the Warming Agenda

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  American spectator

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Marc Morano of ClimateDepot notifies me that alarmists are discussing his and my Heartland Institute Climate Conference, or last week’s ICCC 6, talks here.

Taking a look, it’s pretty typical. Per Discovery Magazine’s longtime promoter of the warmist creed, Chirs Mooney:

[T]he panelists-and especially Christopher Horner-were quite affirmative that the real reason that we, the “left,” want to restrict greenhouse gas emissions is that we want to hobble economies, redistribute wealth, and restrict individual freedoms.

“You can believe this is about the climate, and many people do,” said Horner. “But it’s not a reasonable belief.” Horner went on to argue that “it’s probably about what they’ve claimed they really want.” For many “luminaries” of the environment movement, Horner continued, “economic growth is not the cure, it’s the disease.” (more…)

Black Crosses and black deaths

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Source:  SPPI

by Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. and Niger Innis

Attacks on coal-mining and use would trample on hopes, progress, living standards and lives

Are these people crazy? Are they so disconnected from reality that they don’t understand how vital coal is to jobs, living standards, civil rights progress and life itself?

How else can anyone react to a new environmentalist campaign to erect black crosses at coal mines and coal-fired power plants, to symbolize their opposition to this vital energy source? The Black Cross Alliance (BCA) is little more than another sordid campaign against affordable energy, especially hydrocarbons. Its policies are misguided at best, harmful and even lethal at worst. (more…)

Five myths about green energy

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Source:  Washington Post
By Robert Bryce

Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we’ll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our economy. Yes, “green” energy has great emotional and political appeal. But before we wrap all our hopes — and subsidies — in it, let’s take a hard look at some common misconceptions about what “green” means.

1. Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all.

Unfortunately, solar and wind technologies require huge amounts of land to deliver relatively small amounts of energy, disrupting natural habitats. Even an aging natural gas well producing 60,000 cubic feet per day generates more than 20 times the watts per square meter of a wind turbine. A nuclear power plant cranks out about 56 watts per square meter, eight times as much as is derived from solar photovoltaic installations. The real estate that wind and solar energy demand led the Nature Conservancy to issue a report last year critical of “energy sprawl,” including tens of thousands of miles of high-voltage transmission lines needed to carry electricity from wind and solar installations to distant cities.

Nor does wind energy substantially reduce CO2 emissions. Since the wind doesn’t always blow, utilities must use gas- or coal-fired generators to offset wind’s unreliability. The result is minimal — or no — carbon dioxide reduction. (more…)

The “Ruling Class” and Global Warming “Science”

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

SPPI Reprint Series:

America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution by Angelo Codevilla.

This extensive essay, which covers a number of fronts, provides some essential insights for understanding the global warming scare, its promotion by national governments and international organizations, and why “climate science” focused on catastrophic global warming is a special interest creation/fantasy by and for the “ruling class.” It also provides insight into why non-alarmist, non-ruling-class scientists and spokespersons must be vilified and silenced by advocates for and fellow-travelers of the ruling class in business and government.

Some key excerpts:

Once an official or professional shows that he shares the manners, the tastes, the interests of the class, gives lip service to its ideals and shibboleths, and is willing to accommodate the interests of its senior members, he can move profitably among our establishment’s parts.
If, for example, you are Laurence Tribe in 1984, Harvard professor of law, leftist pillar of the establishment, you can “write” your magnum opus by using the products of your student assistant, Ron Klain. A decade later, after Klain admits to having written some parts of the book, and the other parts are found to be verbatim or paraphrases of a book published in 1974, you can claim (perhaps correctly) that your plagiarism was “inadvertent,” and you can count on the Law School’s dean, Elena Kagan, to appoint a committee including former and future Harvard president Derek Bok that issues a secret report that “closes” the incident. Incidentally, Kagan ends up a justice of the Supreme Court. Not one of these people did their jobs: the professor did not write the book himself, the assistant plagiarized instead of researching, the dean and the committee did not hold the professor accountable, and all ended up rewarded. By contrast, for example, learned papers and distinguished careers in climatology at MIT (Richard Lindzen) or UVA (S. Fred Singer) are not enough for their questions about “global warming” to be taken seriously. For our ruling class, identity always trumps. (more…)

Obama Administration Recruited Left-Wing Lobbyists to Sell Bogus ‘Green Jobs’

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Source:  Pajamas Media

by Chris Horner

A FOIA reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to help cover up two economic studies pointing to the failure of European wind energy programs.

After two studies refuted President Barack Obama’s assertions regarding the success of Spain’s and Denmark’s wind energy programs, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to attack the studies.

Via the FOIA request, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has learned that the Department of Energy — specifically the office headed by Al Gore’s company’s former CEO, Cathy Zoi — turned to George Soros’ Center for American Progress and other wind industry lobbyists to help push Obama’s wind energy proposals. (more…)

Solar Subsidies Fail To Create Green Jobs, Again

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Source: http://papundits.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/solar-subsidies-fail-to-create-green-jobs-again/#more-31154

by Brandon Stewart

As we reported in today’s Morning Bell, ABC News reports that despite massive amounts of stimulus funding being spent on wind farms—nearly $2 billion—the vast majority (80%) of it has been spent on overseas companies. ABC contacted Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop who suggested that the project has resulted in nearly 6,000 jobs for overseas manufacturers and only a few hundred over here.

To add insult to injury, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that “a recent report by American Wind Energy Association showed a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs last year.” That’s right—even with a government-subsidized demand, wind manufacturing decreased. (more…)

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