“Satan fell by force of gravity, by taking himself too gravely” – GK Chesterton
It’s never a pretty thing when the scales fall from the eyes of sycophants. The wailing, the crying, the gnashing of teeth… all very unpleasant. Very Old Testamenty.
So reality is finally dawning on the Obama lapdog media that many of Mr. Soetoro’s promises are as empty as beer bottles after a Marine’s wetting down party while crossing the equator on a payday Friday.
Mont St. Michel, site of the famous 8th-century monastery. Would you surround it with offshore wind turbines? (Photo credit: Giuseppe Citino)
Those darned Europeans are so attached to their picturesque views. When it comes to wind power and wind-turbine farms, the honeymoon is over. The bloom is off the rose. Rate-payers, homeowners, holiday-makers: if you’re wind, it turns out that Europeans can quit you.
A growing annoyance
It was being reported ominously, two years ago, that the Dutch – the Western world’s quintessential pioneers of wind power – were really starting to be over wind. Not only is it expensive and Continue reading →
“Obama’s green energy drive comes with an unadvertised environmental cost,” notes the Associated Press, in a story focusing on President Obama’s environmentally-destructive support for ethanol mandates:
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply….
A spring 2013 Forbes magazine piece reported that the giant wind turbines producing wind energy kill around 600,000 birds annually. But the number is likely higher. And now we learn that the solar panels soaking up solar energy may look like a lake, because birds to are trying to land on them causing them to injure themselves. The thermal panels also generate intense heat that has been found already to melt some birds’ feathers.
Last week, National Geographic aired a much-anticipated show (mockumentary?) called “American Blackout,” a fictional account of what would happen in America should an extended power outage occur (in the fictional version, the outage was due to a cyber-attack).
I watched an hour of the program and was so disgusted by the characters that I shut it off and wrote about it at the Examiner.
Let the people work. (Human industry gits er done in the Bakken.)
Readers, in a comments exchange at TOC (my home blog) today, I responded to Reader of Excellence “jgets,” and realized that the exchange would make a useful stand-alone post. Rather than spending time tweaking this further, I will simply post it to get it out there for discussion.
As political cronies Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe are campaigning together across Virginia this week, their close coupling shows that money can be thicker than blood.
McAuliffe — the self-described “Godzilla” of fundraising — helped Clinton get elected and re-elected to the White House. As booking agent for the Lincoln bedroom, he raked in cash and tightened connections for the Clinton political machine.
Amid intense gridlock over government spending and debt ceilings, green-energy advocates and rent-seeking businesses are convening in the nation’s capital to renew their push for billions more dollars in taxpayer giveaways.
Wednesday’s gathering of the Securing America’s Future Energy Foundation could be called the Subsidy Summit.
Now here’s a fine mess, as Laurel and Hardy used to say. One of the biggest electric vehicle charging companies, Arizona-based ECOtality (a Nissan Leaf partner), went bankrupt, stranding about 13,000 commercial and residential stations. We all have a stake in this, because American tax dollars supported these installations through the so-called EV Project.
In the early rounds, only one bidder emerged, an unknown company called Tellus Power, which proposed acquiring ECOtality’s assets for just $3 million. Consider that the federal grants totaled almost $115 million (of which almost $100 million was spent) and you begin to see the issue here. There are clear parallels to what happened to the U.S. investment in Fisker Automotive, which went bankrupt after spending $192 million of a $529 million loan (the feds then seized $21 million in assets).
But just as I was writing this, the Florida-based Car Charging Group said that it had won the prize, price unspecified. “We believe this will solidify our position as the leader in the electric vehicle charging industry,” said Michael Farkas, the CEO. CCG has been aggressively expansionist, and owns pay-to-charge stations in such places as the parking garages of New York City. He’s right; this makes the company a big player.
What’s next, government exchanges for health care-related goods and services like personal trainers, walking shoes, housing, automobiles, gasoline, food and ferry boat rides?
Think that’s far-fetched, when President Obama’s Democratic Party policies already attack the poor and middle class by increasing the price of shelter, transportation and sustenance via EPA, HUD and other regulations? Continue reading →