Green jobs, green energy, the Green New Deal, it’s all we hear about. It's like a kaleidoscope of buzzwords.
If you try to understand the actual meaning of it, the left says: Shut down the economy that we know works that has been working for a century of the automobile, for half a century of mass air travel — shut down fossil fuels — and just transition to a new fantasy fuel of the future.
Renewables bubble popping - Germany installs fewest wind turbines since 2000 - Tesla lost $2.6B in bail-out of Solar City - SoftBank has built or has deals for just 1.6% of solar farms promised - Subsidies ending in US, UK, Germany - Local & eco opposition to renewables growing
Shellenberger says that industrial wind turbine installations has fallen by 82 per cent in the past year alone. Local opposition on the ground is one reason — no-one wants to live under a towering, vibrating, humming, scenery-destroying monstrosity. They also kill birds and bats. (So often, in fact, that Gerald Butts exempted wind turbines from endangered species laws, because he knew they couldn't survive if the same standards were applied to them as were applied to the oil and gas industry.)
Shellenberger adds that that in two years, more wind turbines will be scrapped than added in Germany.
What about solar? An even crazier, costlier scheme.
Here’s a story from the L.A. Times, that loves eco-stuff:
Elon Musk once called Tesla Inc.’s $2.6 billion acquisition of debt-burdened SolarCity Corp. “blindingly obvious.” Three years later, it’s anything but.
Tesla, which gets most of its revenue from automobiles, installed just 29 megawatts of solar generating capacity in the second quarter — its fewest megawatts yet in a single period. That’s down from its previous low of 47 megawatts in the first quarter. At its height, SolarCity installed more than 200 megawatts over three months.
Here’s some statistics from Der Spiegel, a German newspaper that looked into the scams and schemes. After twenty years, and about three trillion dollars, Germany barely gets a third of its energy from green sources — the rest is coal, gas and nuclear.
And Der Spiegel points out, many of those wind turbines will be decommissioned, now that their 20-year subsidies, which kicked in, in 2000, are wrapping up.
I don’t believe in the theory of man-made global warming. But let’s be honest — this wasn’t about global warming. It was about subsidies and gaming the system, and padding the pockets of green scheme lobbyists. And it’s over — even in Germany.
Like so many problems, the left actually doesn’t want to solve them, because they want the perpetual fight.
The day I see David Suzuki and Al Gore and Greta Thunberg and Catherine McKenna living like they actually believe we have an environmental catastrophe, I’m not going to believe we have an environmental catastrophe.
It’s just a con — but it looks like that con is coming to a decrepit end, just like so many useless, rusting wind turbines.
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