A story this week
on WRAL announced that Gov. Pat McCrory will seek federal funds to help the state "partner" in constructing "offshore energy" -- that's liberalspeak for "windfarms". Our liberal Republican Governor has, for many, many years, been involved up to his neck in progressive radical environmentalist and U.N. causes, organizations and projects. Even though he ran as a pretend conservative, it's really hard for an old zebra to change his stripes....
Windmill technology is finally becoming recognized for the wildly wasteful and impractical boondoggle that it really is. In the past, wind farms have tied up enormous amounts of otherwise productive farmland or worse, denuded timberland. Even genuine environmentalists who are actually concerned about the environment and not massive control agendas, are opposed to wind farms because they kill so many birds, they introduce noise that disrupts the wildlife and natural environment, they destroy habitat and natural beauty, and so on. More energy is expended in the production of equipment, construction of the wind farm, and recurring maintenance than will ever be produced. More toxic waste is produced and released during the production of these windmills and the massive battery installations which must accompany them than will be saved through the operational life cycle.
Drive up the Appalachian chain and you will find example after example of abandoned or mothballed windfarms dotted along the ridges. Why? Because each wind mill generator must be given a massive overhaul every five years. There are huge stresses on the bearings and arms of these monsters. The batteries will begin to weaken and fail after ten years or so of operation, and must thereafter soon be replaced. This is why you will typically see a wind farm operate for roughly five or six years and then go mothballed. The "green energy" firm has taken taxpayer subsidy to build the pink elephant, and then that firm milks the profits until the massive maintenance bills start pouring in. Once the cream has been skimmed at taxpayer expense, the firm abandons the now worthless "investment" and applies for a new grant on a new project. It's all a scam where some get rich or richer off our "collective" tax contributions.
It also happened extensively in the ethanol boondoggle.
These are simply the whimsical fantasies of naive minds -- or the corrupt connivance of nefarious men.
Well, if you think recurring maintenance costs are severe and impractical for a wind farm in the mountains, desert, or plains -- just wait until you see the wear and tear on wind mills constructed over salt water and subject to severe oceanic storms. This harebrained scheme won't last half as long. Just ask any homeowner on the coast how rough the sea environment is on his house, auto, and exposed equipment.
But common sense means nothing to liberal pseudo-environmentalists. Gov. Pat loves big projects like "rapid rail" and "green energy" boondoggles. Gov. Pat is just slightly less progressive than was his Democrat opponent. He is Democrat-lite. He was "the lesser of two evils" all over again.
And this mess demonstrates how much we need to reform the Republican Party. It has become nearly identical so often to the Democrat-Socialist "New" Party. I wish Gov. Pat would wise up, but he probably won't.
Scores of boondoggle green energy failures. Abandoned windmill farms and solar farms scarring the landscape. Yet Barry in his SOTU speech proposes even more wasteful throwaway spending on his crony supporters in the "green" "renewable" energy industry.
The latest scandall is a British-owned scam -- LG was supposed to produce batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. These are the toys of the leftists who imagine that they will prove economical, attractive, and somehow practical for consumers in the real world.
Surprise! Another boondoggle!
Another gross waste of your and my tax dollars -- and, since >40₵ of every dollar is borrowed or printed by the Federal Reserve out of "thin air", this is another gross generational theft from your grandchildren! Shame on this out-of-control, insane government. And shame on us in the electorate for enabling this insanity.Bill Cochrane
Based on the lies of Global Warming/Climate Change, the Obama Administration has handed out huge sums of money during the so-called "Stimulus" programs and other grants to all kinds of "green" "renewable" energy companies. The favorite boondoggles were in solar and wind power pipe dreams. But the government largesse with taxpayers' money extended to poorly conceived electric cars and the batteries for them.
Obama and his fellow cronies liked to call these throwaways "investments". He liked to portray these sham ventures as "research and development" into "tomorrow's technologies". Truth is, for anyone who takes the time to research it, electric cars are older technology than gasoline powered vehicles. They came first. And in spite of all the improvements in motor, battery, and materials technology, the range, speed, reliability, and durability has not increased at all since the early 1900's.
And the overall efficiency when you consider the multiple power conversions (first at the power plant, then to battery storage, then to battery drain, then to mechanical power, then to kinetic motion) is far, far worse than using gasoline or natural gas. Thus, the pollution is greater. And the toxic wastes produced in the battery production and vehicle manufacture are greater than those for more familiar vehicles. It's a boondoggle.
Same with solar. No matter how much the solar cell technology improves, solar will never be viable for more than small portable power needs. There is simply not enough energy in sunlight falling on a given area
to ever be economically viable for power production. And then, to be useful, once again you have to store the energy in banks of batteries -- and you're back to the efficiency problems and technology limitations of batteries. Not to mention again that to manufacture solar cells generates far more pollution and toxic waste than batteries.
But the worst part of all this foolishness was that Obama's green energy program was really much more about rewarding crony supporters than anything else. All of the companies upon which he has squandered our money were headed by friends, campaign bundlers, major contributors or political allies. This was another redistributionist scheme, but this one benefitted his friends.
The following list is of the 34 "green energy" companies that were subsidized with Federal money and have either gone out of business, or are in bankruptcy and likely to go out of business. Together, they represent a cool $80B
of our money -- all for NOTHING! No new techology. No new jobs. No progress toward energy independence. No new products. Only more national debt. Only more deficit spending. Only more squandered money. Only more enriched crooks.
Over 1900 investigations have been launched, but nothing will come from them. The political subterfuge is too deep. The only thing we can do now is get more people to awaken and demand a stop to the lies and deceptions. Demand a stop to the wasteful schemes. Demand real and substantial cuts in real spending. Demand government policies which encourage all forms of inexpensive energy without government interventions. We can do it!
Natural Gas Fracking
The Triangle J Council of Governments hosted a workshop for local elected officials, managers, and local commission members entitled: Hydraulic Fracturing: Practical Considerations and First-Hand Experience. The workshop was held at the Lee County Farm Bureau Auditorium in Sanford, NC, at 1:30 PM on March 29, 2012.
This video covers the 2h:52m workshop, including the Q&A session.
Speakers include: Kirby Bowers, Executive Director, Triangle J Council of Governments; Ryke Longest, Duke University School of Law; Jim Hassinger, Executive Director, Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Commission; Rod Ruddock, Chairman, Indiana County Board of Commissioners, Byron Stauffer, Economic Development Director, Indiana County; and Richard Whisnant, UNC School of Government
The workshop gave an excellent overview of the fracking process, the issues and concerns related to the industy, the status of NC laws and regulations related to fracking, and the truth behind many of the myths, rumors, and misinformation that abound.
Those of us serving on the Moore County Land Use Steering Committee were asked to attend this workshop. I am very glad that I did! I highly recommend it to everyone.
This industry stands to bring more prosperity and good fortune to many of the residents of Moore County. Are there problems? Yes! Are there concerns? Yes! Can it be done both economically and safely for our people, our environment and our common benefit? Yes! It will require REASONABLE balanced regulations - yes! It will require that we work with those who have a single-minded fear of change, of possible accidents, of harm to the environment. It will require that we listen to those who resist change and wish to preserve the county in some kind of imagined "pristine" state. We must listen to these and we must respect and heed their fears and their ideals as long as they are also reasonable. But we must stand against obstructionists and take advantage ot this wonderful opportunity that Creation has given us.
You are going to read a great deal about this issue in the media. You're going to hear a great deal about it in local politics. You need to be informed and not simply accept hype and sound-bytes. Please, when you have the time, sit down and listen. You will be glad that you did.
Too inefficient for any large scale.
The irrational environmentalists and the current Administration seem convinced that solar power will ultimately become a major source of alternative "green" renewable energy. Nothing could be further from the truth. If they really believe this (which is certainly doubtful as it is much more likely that their positions are actually in furtherance of a much different agenda), then their belief is much more of a religion than any rational prediction based on real science.
These folks would have you believe that it's simply a matter of spending more money to "develop" the technology. They would have you believe that we're close to a "breakthrough" that will make the technology cost-effective. They say we simply need to "invest" more money and resources to develop this "free" "unlimited" energy source.
This is all simply balderdash. Forget the problems with battery technology -- it's actually beside the point. Forget the problems with cost of manufacture -- they will never be low enough to make solar energy cost effective. Forget the toxicity of the manufacturing processes and the fact that the production of the technologies involved far outweigh any future environmental benefits from their use.
No, one simply needs to look at the ultimate potential if the technology ever became 100% efficient. It would still be completely impractical for any large scale application. Solar power will never be a significant source of commercial energy for homes and businesses. At best the technology will power small appliances and small short term emergency backup power sources. Why?
It all has to do with the amount of energy in sunlight falling upon a given surface area. That is the maximum amount of energy which can be extracted using any solar technology -- be it solar cells, mirror-boilers, or heat entrapment mechanisms. You cannot extract more energy than is contained in the sunlight itself. And there is simply not enough energy there to be cost-effective.
To understand this limitation, read Why Solar Power is Permanently Inefficient
The next time you hear someone extolling the virtues of solar energy, try to enlighten them. If they cannot accept fact, then they are too dull to be enlightened.
The President has been traveling on Campaign Tourapalooza 2012 this month and seeking to explain rising oil and gas prices. One of his favorite tag lines has been to say that you “can’t just drill your way to lower gas prices.” But he’s also tossing out another figure when he makes these remarks. "With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” he said. “Not when we consume 20% of the world’s oil.”
But the figure Obama uses — proved oil reserves — vastly undercounts how much oil the U.S. actually contains. In fact, far from being oil-poor, the country is awash in vast quantities — enough to meet all the country’s oil needs for hundreds of years. The U.S. has 22.3 billion barrels of proved reserves, a little less than 2% of the entire world’s proved reserves, according to the Energy Information Administration. But as the EIA explains, proved reserves “are a small subset of recoverable resources", because they only count oil that companies are currently drilling for in existing fields. When you look at the whole picture, it turns out that there are vast supplies of oil in the U.S., according to various government reports.
To environmentalists, the term "fracking" brings visions of Armageddon and shivers of affected horror. But it's just because they have a religious doctrine which forbids use of any hydrocarbon fuels. Don't worry.... they'll survive just fine if human progress prevails. We just need to learn to ignore them.
Dr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's unique position in pursuing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fine offered these comments during a Feb. 27, 2012, speech to the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.
He refutes one of the falsehoods often spouted by the greenies.
The good article below on The Daily Haymaker
presents a University of Texas study that debunks the lies being spread about the technique of "fracking" to obtain trapped natural gas resources. The opponents of this industry are also the ones opposed to the oil, coal, and nuclear power industries. They haven't met a fuel source or industry that they can support except the ones that cost huge subsidies, job losses, corruption, graft, and just don't work.
These opponents aren't simply "running on empty", they are selling the same phony "hope" that was peddled to the ignorant masses in 2008.
Some of our State Legislators just went on a "discovery mission" to learn about the technique of "fracking" and its pros & cons. Some of our County Commissioners will attend a conference on "fracking" at Duke University (which is undoubtedly going to push the mythical problems).
I hope our county and state legislators can see past the distortions and ideological agendas. I believe that they can.
Just as with the discredited "global warming", "cap and trade", and "climate change" mythology, the fanatical Gaians will cling to their own fables and lies. They will never admit the truth. The rational people are just going to have to learn to dismiss their false religion.
Hey! Heard about this one? No?! It's been underway a long time. Past Presidents on both sides of the aisle have been pushing it for years! It began with G.H.W. Bush -- yes, the same one that began implementation of the "New World Order" in the U.S.
You hadn't heard? Really? Well, Obama wasn't going to let an opportunity as good as this to weaken the U.S. go by! But, no, the media is ignoring this again.... Well, the "lamestream media" is ignoring it anyhow. Fortunately, you do not listen only to the lamestream media!
See also: World Tribune
and World Net Daily
In the latest setback for the solar energy industry, Auburn Hills-based Energy Conversion Devices said today that it has filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy and intends to sell its assets, including its main subsidiary United Solar Ovonic. And its battery division.... The "green" "renewables" energy hoax is crashing in the United States now as it did in Europe.
Remember when everyone warned the lefties and Barry Soetoro that Spain and Europe had proven the fallacy of this pipedream? Remember the warnings from Spain that 2.2 jobs would be lost
for every job "created" by government subsidy in the pursuit of "green" "renewable" energy? How many companies receiving government largesse
have gone under? How many more Solyndra's can we tolerate. How much more cases of crony capitalism such as GE must we endure?
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the winds. But it will become clear this November.