DUTCH FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH WINDMILLS:
(Reuters) – When the Netherlands built its first sea-based wind turbines in 2006, they were seen as symbols of a greener future. Towering over the waves of the North Sea like an army of giants, blades whipping through the wind, the turbines were the country’s best hope to curb carbon emissions and meet growing demand for electricity.
The 36 turbines — each one the height of a 30-storey building — produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households each year.
But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour — some 4.5 billion euros last year. The government now plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers in order to secure the funds for wind power and try to attract private sector investment. LINK
Once again we see the outright folly of the “Green Energy Revolution” championed so mightily by the likes of the Obama administration and radical left. Windmills, solar panels, curly light bulbs and electric cars are examples of technologies we are all supposed to embrace according to the global warming crowd. Problem is these technologies fall way short of expectations and performance are of dubious safety standards, and have to be heavily subsidized by the government AKA the taxpayers in order to have a shot at competing at all. In some cases they actually pollute more than the technology they are supposed to replace. The result is higher energy costs for taxpayers while getting inferior technology as “Carbon Credit” schemes funnel billions in government subsidies to environmental insiders like Al Gore.
The left has deluded an entire generation of gullible young people into thinking we are all going to burn up or drown because of global climate change (it used to be global warming remember?). But their lies can only be sustained for so long. More and more we find out their conclusions are either wrong, misinterpreted or outright fraudulent. Now it is the Dutch and English who are beginning to reject the insane and extreme environmental fascism being foisted upon their society by these eco-zealots and charlatans.
WINDFARMS ARE “USELESS” SAYS DUKE:
In a withering assault on the onshore wind turbine industry, the Duke said the farms were “a disgrace”.He also criticised the industry’s reliance on subsidies from electricity customers, claimed wind farms would “never work” and accused people who support them of believing in a “fairy tale”. The Duke’s comments will be seized upon by the burgeoning lobby who say wind farms are ruining the countryside and forcing up energy bills. Criticism of their effect on the environment has mounted, with The Sunday Telegraph disclosing today that turbines are being switched off during strong winds following complaints about their noise. LINK
Crony capitalism is rampant in the green energy industry to the tune of billions of wasted dollars. From “weatherization” of houses unfit for habitation to millions and millions in government subsidies for companies that have never and will never produce a watt of electricity (Solyndra) the scam of man-made global warming grows unchecked. These companies only claim to fame is being heavily invested in campaign contributions to left leaning governments around the world. Sooner or later people will finally have enough of this insanity. Hopefully it won’t be too late.