Chancellor Angela Merkel's government passed legislation in June setting the country on course to generate a third of its power through renewable sources — such as wind, solar, geothermal and bioenergy — within a decade, reaching 80 percent by 2050, while creating jobs, increasing energy security and reducing harmful emissions.December 13, 2011: Canada withdraws from the Kyoto Protocol.
December 15, 2010
The party's over. Hurrah. Cancun conference collapses.November 19, 2010: Recap of some wind turbine stories from the past year --
- In the middle of wind country, wind turbine company is idled (shut down)
- Britain's only wind turbine factory to shut down; made blades for the US
- Vestas to close five production plans across Scandinavia; low European demand for wind energy
- Death of the wind farms -- the photo is scary
October 23, 2010: 346,000 billboards on small parcel in the Mojave Desert; what an environmental travesty.
October 21, 2010: Obama administration takes credit for Bush-era wind projects. That's not unusual. What is unusual is that the most liberal mainstream media outlet is reporting it: MSNBC.
September 19, 2010: Energy from the Cape Wind project off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts will cost about 20 cents per unit of energy compared to about 7 cents for electricity derived from conventional energy. Proponents of the project say the increased cost to customers will be about $1.75/month in utility costs. That's very, very hard to believe. Also, the cost of the wind energy will increase at least 3.5 percent a year going forward. The Cape Wind project developers have not found anyone to buy the "second" half of the energy they produce. The largest electrical utility in the northeast, National Grid, has agreed to purchase the "first" half of the energy produced by the Cape Wind project.
September 10, 2010: So you, the pick-up truck owner, want to go green? Read this first. The truth is finally starting to reach the mainstream media.
September 9, 2010: Minnesota-based Xcel will sell energy credits, providing about $2 cut in energy bills to North Dakota consumers. Cap and trade.
September 6, 2010: Fifteen (15) PowerPoint Slides that shook the earth.
August 27, 2010: headline in today's Oregonian: "US Green Effort Not Sustainable." The story reports the demise of the new federal program allowing homeowners to tap low-interest government financing to install energy-efficient solar panels, windows and installation. The program was so fraught with fraud that the government shut it down. Consumers said it was a bureaucratic quagmire.
August 24, 2010: this is incredible. Some years ago, "to save the oceans," environmentalists were able to get a law passed to mandate retro-fitting coastal utility plants that use ocean water for cooling their systems. Passed several years ago, that law is scheduled to go into effect this year. Citizens of Los Angeles now learn that this bill will result in a six (6) percent rate increase for the next eight (8) years and now they're scrambling to get an exemption. I wish them luck.
March 16, 2010: Los Angeles utility bills will rise as much as 28% to "go green."
February 14, 2010: It's unraveling faster than a snowman melts in March: there has been no global warming (if there ever was any) since 1995.
February 14, 2010: The world may not be warming after all -- according to the UN. Something tells me this administration will be the last to know.
February 13, 2010: Wyoming to tax wind farms -- "we welcome wind farms but they don't deserve special treatment."
February 12, 2010: Finally some sanity. Utah bill says "climate alarmists" are bogus. I hope Utah is just the first of 35 states to pass such a bill.
February 9, 2010: Clean-tech investment fell 45% in fourth quarter, 2009, compared to previous quarter. The full story is even more dismal.
February 6, 2010: Global warming movement collapse. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.
February 2, 2010: Record amount of new wind energy last year, but wind energy jobs actually decreased.