Green Energy is the Perfect Scam – Energy And Environmental Newsletter – November 12th 2018

Image: Federal renewable energy subsidies reduce reliability, hinder the market

By Norman Rogers

Green energy is an incredible money-making scam. The promoters of green energy make billions of dollars promoting dumb energy schemes that are completely useless. What makes the scam extremely clever is that the scammers have convinced the public that the purpose of their scam is to improve the environment. The scammers pretend to be earnest environmental advocates.

Any really good scam needs endorsements from authoritative sounding sources. In the case of green energy, the authoritative sources are in on the scam. The beneficiaries of the green energy scam go way beyond the wind and solar industries.

Non-profit environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club or Greenpeace, need to be seen as fighting against an urgent looming catastrophe. If they don’t have something dreadful to fight against, no one is going to join their organizations or give them money. Global warming, allegedly caused by carbon dioxide, is the looming catastrophe and green energy is the solution. When the globe failed to warm they renamed the looming catastrophe climate change in place of global warming. Now they blame every instance of bad weather on climate change created by burning coal and oil. What were formerly acts of God are now the fault of the oil and coal companies.

Scientists are a special interest group largely financed by the federal government. Global warming is a magnificent gift to the science industry. The industry has been corrupted by pathological science that is primarily intended to increase flow of money from Washington. Science directed toward discovering truth is out of fashion. The many scientists that are global warming skeptics don’t exist as far as the science industry is concerned.

Government agencies, and the politicians that give the agencies money, have embraced the threat of climate change. It gives them something to do that is more  noble, even romantic than  highways and making the trains run on time. The government spends billions on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

Ironically, electric utility companies love wind and solar green energy. They know perfectly well that wind and solar are useless because wind and solar generate electricity erratically and have to be backed up by reliable conventional electric generating plants. The only economic benefit is the fuel saved in the backup plants when wind or solar is actually generating electricity. But the cost of the wind or solar electricity is much higher than the benefit of fuel saved. Thus, the more wind or solar that you have, the more money you lose. But, electric utilities are regulated by public utilities commissions. The amount of profit they are allowed is calculated as a fraction of the utilities’ capital investment. So, the utilities want to make capital investments, even if those investments are wind and solar plants that waste money on a grand scale. The electricity consumers bear the cost and the utilities are allowed a larger profit.

In some parts of the country rooftop solar is fashionable. Homeowners who install rooftop solar often save money because the reduction in cost of electricity from the utility is greater than he cost of the solar electricity. These homeowners brag to their friends about how clever they are, and the purveyors of rooftop solar place advertisements claiming that rooftop solar is cheaper than buying electricity from the electric company. This is part of the scam. Rooftop solar is profitable because it is heavily subsidized and because the electric utility is forced, by the governmental authorities, to provide a connection to back up the solar without compensating remuneration. The real cost of rooftop solar electricity, exclusive of subsidies, is around 30-cents per kilowatt hour and the real benefit is around two cents per kilowatt hour from fuel saved in the utility’s backup plants. The subsidy, financed by taxpayers and electricity consumers, is greater than ninety percent.

Hundreds of thousands of home owners, under the delusion that they have discovered cheaper electricity, are walking and talking advertisements for solar energy.

The biggest victim of the green energy scam is the public in general. Everybody pays more taxes and pays more for energy as a consequence of the scam. But the waste of billions of dollars may not be noticeable when spread over the 320 million Americans. The public has been exposed to relentless propaganda promoting green energy as beneficial and less expensive. The public is the greatest victim, but most people don’t know that they are being victimized, so there is little incentive to organize against the scam.

There are certain other victims such as the coal industry and coal miners. But these groups mostly don’t understand that they are victimized by a scam. Due to the propaganda they may actually believe that burning coal is undesirable and dangerous. Thus, they lack a clear mandate to organize against the scam. (Modern coal generating plants are environmentally clean.)

The manufacturers of fossil fuel generating plants are beneficiaries, not victims. Wind and solar don’t reduce the demand for fossil fuel plants because wind and solar have to be backed up by traditional plants. A campaign against coal, by the Sierra Club, has resulted in the closing of many coal plants. The closed plants are typically replaced by new natural gas plants. Due to the strain imposed on the electric grid by erratic wind and solar there are many commercial opportunities for upgrading the traditional components of the electricity grid. Rather than hurting the manufacturers of fossil fuel generating equipment, the green energy movement actually helps them.

The green energy scam is the perfect scam because the beneficiaries include many influential individuals and institutions, while the victims are dispersed among large numbers of unorganized people. The few concentrated groups of victims, like coal miners, are psychologically handicapped by propaganda that has convinced them that they, rather than the scammers, are at fault.

Wind and solar are truly useless, like having a 6th toe or an appendix. A detailed exposition on the uselessness of wind and solar is given in my book – Dumb Energy: A Critique of Wind and Solar Energy.

Green energy is often justified on the grounds that it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and thus prevents global warming. Of course, global warming, now called climate change, is itself a scam. The science on which the predictions of global warming doom are based is incredibly weak. But, the weak science is presented as if it is reliable by self-interested parties. In any case, wind and solar are very expensive methods of reducing CO2 emissions. Other, far more practical, strategies for reducing CO2 emissions are available.

Anyone who criticizes the green energy scam is ruthlessly attacked. Critics are often accused of being in the pay of fossil fuel companies. Fossil fuel companies are too timid to risk the wrath of the green movement, so they hardly ever give money to the critics of the green movement. A favorite line of attack is to accuse the critics of using tobacco company tactics to cover up the danger from using fossil fuels. Critics are often depicted as being mental cases, as when Al Gore said that critics of his global warming promotions were like people who think the moon landing was filmed in a Hollywood studio or think that the Earth is flat. James Hansen, often considered that father of the global warming movement, suggested that executives of fossil fuel companies should be sent to jail for crimes against humanity.

Green energy is the perfect scam because it is disguised as a do-good movement and the victims are dispersed, unorganized and disarmed by propaganda. Green energy is endorsed by government agencies, environmental non-profits, and scientific groups. These are people that are often seen as sources of reliable information but that, in reality, work to promote their own parochial interests. This is a scam that needs to be exposed.

Ref.: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/11/green_energy_is_the_perfect_scam.html

Energy And Environmental Newsletter – November 12th 2018

By John Droz, Jr ~

This is the latest Energy Related newsletter from John Droz.

Maybe due to the recent US elections, there’s a very high quantity of reports and articles in this cycle. I’ve tried to simplify this by having a special section on Nuclear Energy in this issue of the Newsletter.

Trucks drive by a wind turbine that is part of Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Group’s Gulf Wind Project on Kenedy Ranch south of Kingsville, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. The $787 billion stimulus legislation signed by President Barack Obama includes at least $14 billion in tax breaks for wind and solar electricity and establishes a grant program to help finance projects. When completed this wind farm will have 118 turbines with a total output of 283 megawatts.
Credit: 2009 Black Star (Newscom TagID: bsphotos025766.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
Greed Energy Economics:

Federal renewable energy subsidies reduce reliability, hinder the market

BBC Mislead Again — This Time About the Cost of Wind Power

Report: Natural Gas Economics Outshines Solar, Blows Past Wind

Twilight of the Green Follies

The Production Tax Credit: Corporate Subsidies & Renewable Energy

Green Energy Mandates Could Double Your Electric Bills

Former Wind Energy CEO Charged In Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

The Price We Pay for Giving the Green Energy Lobby Power

NextEra: Wind will be competitive after PTC sunset

Wind Turbines May Result in $27 Million Property Value Decline

Fukushima wind turbine to be removed due to high maintenance costs

What are the indirect costs of the Canadian carbon tax?

The NY Times’ “Three Surprising Energy Trends” Editorial: Surprising Because They Aren’t True

PTC still going strong

Wind Turbines “Imprudent, Unreasonable, Unnecessary, Approved”

The Economic Fall and Political Rise, of Renewable Energy

China, India will never impose carbon tax on themselves

Turbine Health Matters:

MA Town Board of Health Says Turbines Negatively Affecting Public Health

New Medical Research Confirms Infrasound Negatively Impacts Heart Health!

Wind Energy Proponents Don’t Acknowledge Proven Turbine Health Hazards

Study: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Effects

Peer-reviewed study on wind turbine mechanical failures

New WHO noise guidelines for Europe released

Rural Communities Revolt as WHO Deems Turbine Noise Serious Health Risk

Silencity: Wind Turbines 2018

Ontario moving on health hazard study into wind turbines

Renewable Energy Destroying Ecosystems:

Study: Turbines kill off 75% of buzzards, hawks and kites that live nearby

Study: 10% reduction in birds near wind turbines

Is an Injured Peregrine Falcon a Harbinger of Future Economic Loss?

Wind project monitors to warn of approaching eagles in bid to prevent bird deaths

Miscellaneous Energy News:

Why Wind Power is Not the Answer

Industrial wind projects threaten rural quality of life

To the Metal Beasts on the Hilltop

US Energy Policy After the 2018 Midterms

Wind Lobbyists Make Promises They Can’t Keep

Stilling: The curious case of land wind speed decline

Keep It in the Ground: A Strategy of Lies and Junk Lawsuits

Canadian government carbon tax plan rife with problems

Some worthwhile energy videos about improving the message

Arizona AG Suing Steyer, Energy Group, for Demonstrably False Statements

Archive: US Renewable Energy Output — A Closer Look

A looming technology-security minerals crisis?

Mass-mailing of wind energy political flyers irks candidates

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Tax

California Supports “Foreign” Big Oil

Upstate New Yorkers Are Being Targeted for Wind Projects

NYS fritters away clean hydro power

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine

Indiana Towns Fighting Wind Energy

Growth of Wind Energy Spurring Blowback

Oklahoma wind project mitigation plan extended for a third time

Rain damage to wind turbines is a serious and potentially costly problem

GE announces the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine

Fact Checking Seven Falsehoods in CNN’s EPA Report

Short video about Fracking and earthquakes in Kansas

Proposition 112 (Not Fracking) Threatens Colorado Citizens

Colorado voters say no to larger setbacks for oil and gas

Washington Examiner’s Energy Reporting Going Downhill

Ethanol Is Bad Science And Bad Policy

The Dirt on Electric Cars

Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions Are SAFE

Short Video: Caught Green Handed

Neighbors sue local legislators about Virginia Solar Project

What’s Next for U.S. Climate and Energy Policies?

Nuclear Energy:

Scientists and experts object to anti-nuclear bias in UN climate report

Once Critical, Environmentalists Have Changed Their Tune On Nuclear Power

Archive Report: Fukushima — The Response was Worse than the Event

Next Generation Nuclear Power

Study: Nuclear Power Learning and Deployment Rates – Disruption and Global Benefits Forgone

Measuring Employment Generated by the Nuclear Power Sector

Australian PM: End of Australian Nuclear Moratorium?

Global nuclear power to reach 536GW by 2030

China and India Will Lead World’s Nuclear Growth

India makes climate change case for nuclear power

India Nuclear Facility Breaks World Operating Record

As Renewables Drive Up Energy Prices, Voters In U.S., Asia & Europe Are Opting For Nuclear Power

Electricity is Vital to our Society and Economy

Archive: Renewable and Nuclear Heresies

Fraudulent science behind radiation regulations

A Virginia Farmer Fights to Harvest His Uranium

Van Snyder’s Web about Nuclear Power

Utah town mayor wants to withdraw from SMR project

US Sen. Graham: MOX cancellation a ‘colossal mistake’

Manmade Global Warming Articles:

Short Video: Jordan Peterson on Climate Change

IPCC: Where Dictators Overrule Scientists

AGW Report: IPCC SR15 Climate Change Report is Based on Faulty Premises

Moving The Goalposts, IPCC Secretly Redefines ‘Climate’

UN’s Solution to Climate Change: End Capitalism

The UN Admits That The Paris Climate Deal Was A Fraud

Three Surprises About Nobel Laureate Nordhaus’s Model of Climate Change

Levin TV: Dr. Pat Michaels on Global Warming, wind energy, etc.

National Association of Scholars: Making Science Reproducible

The Intrinsic Value of Nature and the Proper Stewardship of the Climate

500 Million Years of Unrelatedness between Atmospheric CO2 and Temperature

Video: Is the Global Temperature Record Credible?

UN Report Shows Stopping ‘Catastrophic’ Global Warming Is Impossible. So What’s The Point?

Physicist Presentation: Contradictions to IPCC’s Climate Change Theory

Dr. Lindzen: Global Warming for Two Cultures

Study: Sea Level Rise & The Illusive Flooding of New York City

Expert Testimony in NYC against Sea Level Rise

Sea Level Rise: A Little Perspective

Evolution of 21st Century Sea-level Rise Projections

Global Temperatures Rose As Cloud Cover Fell In the 1980s and 90s

AGW Study: Alpine Glaciers Started Melting Much Earlier Than Thought

Fact-Checking the State of the UK Climate

Do Hurricanes Florence and Michael Provide Evidence for Global Warming?

NY AG Sues Exxon Over Climate Change

Al Gore Admits Global-Warming Warning Concerns ‘Torqued’

Debunking the overpopulation alarmists

But What Will Take Its Place?

Why Some Scientists Say Global Warming Is Out and Global Cooling Is In

Some Catholic Bishops Call for Action regarding Climate Change

Climate Predictions Could Be Wrong In UK And Europe

The Paris Climate Gang is Breaking Up

Only 16 Countries Meet their Paris Commitments

Aligning the IEA Sustainable Development Scenario to Paris goals

NC Gov Signs ‘Unprecedented’ Executive Order to Reduce GHG Emissions

Archive: The Proper Role of Government

The Sad, Sad Culture of Progressivism

AGW Report: Radiation Balance and Transparent Media

Attenborough Ditches ‘Turn-Off’ Eco Doom-Mongering

Earth’s Upper Atmosphere Cooling Dramatically

A major problem with recent climate change paper

New book: The Green Swastika: Environmentalism in the Third Reich

Climate alarmism paradigm protection at NSF

3 out of 4 Green ballot initiatives, bite the dust

Witch Hunts, Climate, and Climate-Change Madness

MetaEval: A JMP Add-In to evaluate a claim coming from a meta-analysis

1 in 4 Statisticians Asked to Commit Scientific Fraud

Ref.: https://papundits.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/energy-and-environmental-newsletter-november-12th-2018/