May 26, 2016

Green Economies: Does reality match rhetoric? Emissions up, job numbers down

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Are green energy and jobs really sustainable? We often hear the NDP talk about how the world would be a better place, economies would be more stable and diverse by implementing green energy.

But many of these green energy initiatives rely on government subsidies and when the government cuts the cash flow, bankruptcies ensue. In order for these jobs to come to fruition, green energy companies actually need to work - and it looks like they don’t.

The world’s largest green energy firm SunEdison, is going broke. Stocks for the Obama backed company plunged from $30 in July of 2015 to 59 cents in less than a year. The company is reportedly $11 billion dollars in debt. There’s also Abengoa, described as the flagship for Spain’s renewable energy industry. They, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Germany, a country that’s taken the most significant steps transitioning toward renewable energy, is facing challenges increasing from 6% to 28% renewable electricity. According to a report completed by the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, positives stemming from green initiatives in the country included the creation of jobs, but they’re not all that substantial. Less than half of a percent of the German population is employed in renewable energy. If Alberta were to adopt such a vigorous plan, that would equal less than 20,000 jobs - hardly enough to sustain and diversify the economy.

Fossil fuels remain the back-up for renewable energy sources, so they won’t be completely phased out. In fact, coal use has skyrocketed since the country phased out nuclear power plants in the wake of Fukushima. Actually, GHG emissions have increased 2.4%.

The German government has subsidized green energy with over 20 billion euros and it’s been shown through companies like SunEdison and Abengoa that these companies can’t function without tax dollars.

If these companies are going bankrupt, how are they going to create all of these jobs and diversify the economy? It seems to me that the sustainability of green energy and the claims of job creation that come along with it, are simply not a reality.

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commented 2016-05-28 03:35:24 -0400
The leftists would like us all to believe that electric powered cars are every bit as good as fossil fuel powered cars, but without the carbon emissions.

And it looks like Trump back peddled out of wanting to debate with Bernie. I hope this is just his way of getting more publicity for the debate.
commented 2016-05-27 08:27:43 -0400
There are two things about green energy – at least Ontario’s version – that worry me.

The first is the inability of the average proponent (I’m not talking politicians and other parasites here) to see that it is, and can only be, an economically destructive force. The second concern is the inability/unwillingness of people and groups who can clearly see the deterioration it causes, yet fail to mount any kind of effective opposition to it.

Ontario crumbles faster with each passing day, but no one does a damned thing about it except type and grumble. Ditto for Alberta.

Citizens in our neighbouring municipality of Prescott-Russell, recently gave up their fight against a few large windmill projects that are going ahead in their countryside. The good folks were wiling to go to public meetings, they were willing to put up lawn signs, but they weren’t ready to plug highways and hound politicians to generate the kind of negative publicity it would take to stop this green energy bullshit. This is “The” problem in our country; whether it’s windmills in Ontario or carbon taxes in Alberta – it’s all happening because good people let it happen by doing nothing constructive to stop it.
commented 2016-05-27 06:41:16 -0400
When green energy can compete with traditional forms of enegy, without government funding, I’m all for it. Until then fossil fuels and nuclear rule. Man made global warming/climate change is a hoax. Bernie wants to debate Trump on this point. Bring it Bernie…..bring it.
commented 2016-05-27 01:34:30 -0400
The only thing green that is worth it, are solar powered calculators, or flashlights that have a crank on them. If any of you can think of anything else, where green technology is superior, please enlighten me.
commented 2016-05-26 23:31:05 -0400
What ever jobs are produced will be short lived. Unless the government can afford to prop them up indefinitely.
commented 2016-05-26 22:34:43 -0400
I like that gold analogy, I’ll be using it - thanks
commented 2016-05-26 22:29:03 -0400
That was one great report
I can’t figure out when the flagship of " alternative energy " Germany has failed in this experiment, why WHY are other jurisdictions in the west still carrion, that’s how they will end
commented 2016-05-26 22:27:43 -0400
Tell that to Rachel Notley
commented 2016-05-26 20:59:52 -0400
63 billion pounds, I meant to say
Some say 20 million tons.

commented 2016-05-26 20:58:10 -0400
The type of farce that this green scandal is, is similar to this concept…

There is about 63 billion tons of gold in the ocean.
But nobody in their right mind mines the ocean’s gold because it cost more to extract it than to sell it.
Simple right? So there it sits.

Then along comes the leftwing government with a hair-brained, make-work scheme, with an offer their cronies can’t refuse…,
“ok, so are there any contractors who want to mine the ocean’s gold for $5000 an ounce?
You can sell it on the open market for $1000 an ounce,
and we’ll pay you the spread of $4000 an ounce with taxpayers money.
Who’s in?”

A few years later, after tens of billions of dollars of public debt, the bilked leftwing voters scratch their heads, and agree to vote in a rightwing government to mop up the idiocy.

Of course the leftwing government scrambles for excuses, “If you’d just given us a few more decades to work the project, the numbers would have balanced themselves.”
And other lies ad nauseam.

People, stop voting for the leftwing governments!!!!

The first rule of holes is that when you’re in one, stop digging.
Right now we’re digging a hole, and Turdo , Wynner and Nutley are working the shovel.
Take away their shovel.

commented 2016-05-26 20:20:14 -0400
Windmills don’t run on wind.
They run no subsidies.

Good comments guys. I concur.

commented 2016-05-26 19:46:10 -0400
Insanity indeed Robert… I can’t wait for those “lazy, hazy days of summer” to start again in Ontario, and as everybody cranks up the air conditioning, those thousands of wind generators sit immobile… Meanwhile, in British Columbia, blessed by abundant hydro power and untapped rivers, the eco-nuts continue to try to block the Site C dam project on the Peace River… Insanity…
commented 2016-05-26 18:58:58 -0400
Wind and solar are expensive and wouldn’t exist without subsidy.

It’s that simple folks.

The rest are just librano fucking idiots wrecking the economy and financially raping taxpayers with these hair-brain schemes, especially that hair-clog Trudeau.