Forests of Concrete and Steel
Boone Pickens, Nacel Energy, Vestas Iberia, and others have been issuing statements and running ads, extolling the virtues of wind as an affordable, sustainable energy resource. Renewable energy reality is slowly taking hold, however.
It created 50,000 jobs, mostly installing wind turbines, at $73,000 in
annual subsidies per job – and 10,000 of these jobs have already been
terminated. The subsidies have been slashed, due to
Meanwhile, the cost of subsidized wind energy and carbon dioxide emission
permits sent electricity prices soaring for other businesses – causing 2.2 jobs
to be lost for every “green” job created, says Calzada.
Across the Channel,
For businesses, existing global warming policies have added 21% to
industrial electricity bills since 2001, and this will rise to 55% by 2020, the
These cost hikes could make British manufacturers uncompetitive, and send thousands more jobs overseas, the Energy Intensive Users Group reports. English steel mills could become “unable to compete globally, even at current domestic energy prices,” says British journalist Dominic Lawson; “but deliberately to make them uncompetitive is industrial vandalism – and even madness … a futile gesture ... and immoral.”
On this side of the pond, President Obama and anti-hydrocarbon members
of Congress are promoting “green” energy and jobs, via new mandates, standards,
tax breaks, and subsidies. However, the
This would require millions of acres of scenic, habitat, and
agricultural lands, and 126 million tons of concrete, steel, fiberglass and
“rare earth” minerals for the turbines, at 700 tons per turbine; prodigious quantities
of concrete, steel, copper, and land for new transmission lines; and still more
land, fuel, and raw materials for backup gas-fired generators.
Those miners and drillers would likely be reclassified as “green” workers, based on the intended purpose of their output. However, the raw materials will probably not be produced in the States, because so many lands, prospects and deposits are off limits – and NIMBY litigation will further hamper resource extraction.
Air quality laws and skyrocketing energy costs (due to carbon taxes and
expensive renewable energy mandates) will make wind turbine (and solar panel)
manufacturing in the
Posturing has already collided with reality in
Even worse for global warming alarmists and renewable energy advocates
and rent seekers, global warming patterns have reversed during the past decade.
Satellite data reveal that the planet is cooling, despite steadily rising
carbon dioxide levels, and summertime low temperature records are being broken
all over the
“You'd better hope global warming is caused by manmade CO2
if you're investing in [renewable] sectors,” says Daniel Rice, the past
The crucial fact remains: wind and solar are simply not economical without major government subsidies or monstrous carbon taxes. Moreover, cap-and-tax legislation currently being promoted in the House and Senate is “not enough to do anything” about supposed global warming disasters, notes Rice.
“All it does is provide Obama a pass to
Congress and the Administration are dragging their feet on nuclear power, closing off access to more resource-rich lands, and imposing layers of new regulations on oil, gas, and coal energy – denying Americans these vast stores of energy and hundreds of billions in revenue that developing them would generate. Meanwhile, slick wind turbine ad campaigns promote expensive, heavily subsidized, unreliable technologies that only climate activists and company lobbyists would describe as sustainable, affordable, eco-friendly, or socially responsible.
The ads and lobbyists seek more mandates, tax breaks, and subsidies. Wind promoters want to quiet opponents long enough to get energy and climate legislation enacted – before Americans realize how it would drive the price of energy still higher, kill jobs, curtail living standards and liberties, and raise the cost of everything we eat, drive, heat, cool, grow, make, and do.
Statement of Policy.
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