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Old news: Wind power loses money

According to Alternative Energy News, “Vic Abate, GE’s vice-president for renewable energy, said: ‘The company now believed the subsidies in place for offshore wind, such as Britain’s Renewables Obligation, were robust enough to encourage large-scale investment. Offshore wind is more expensive, so without the subsidies and other supports the economics can’t stand up.'”

Thats about as close as you’ll get to an admission that wind energy is a financial loser.  The only way it can survive is to suck blood from the government taxpayers.

EPA getting ready to rumble

Forbes is reporting the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring major carbon emitters to begin monitoring and reporting their emissions, giving them just 90 days to make it happen.  This is a perfect example of know-nothing bureaucrats assuming anything is possible if only somebody would issue a decree.  So, like a monkey with a gun, they issued a decree.  I’m wondering what they expect factories to do when suppliers of chemical test gear can’t meet the sudden demand.  It’s no easy job to design a gadget that can accurately measure total carbon content in coal flue exhaust.  Not all the carbon is in the same form.  Some will be CO2, some will be CO, some will be in the form of inert crud in the fly ash, some will be elemental carbon black, some will be traces of unburned coal, and so on.  Each of these forms requires a different type of instrument to measure it, and may require special conditions of temperature, pressure, moisture, or flowrates.  Getting this done in 90 days is probably not possible for some utilities, and even when it is done, it won’t be cheap.  Score another victory for witless environmental fanaticism shooting American industry in the foot while doing nothing for the environment and giving away advantages to overseas competitors.  As I’ve said before, it’s increasingly difficult to believe these people mean well for our country.

One Comment

  1. Dad

    They only mean well in their own definition. They intend to bring America down to a third world economic level where in their convoulted thinking we will be forevermore loved by everyone. Nirvanna. Utopia.

    The constitution is being trashed. Obama could be emperor for life

    Posted on 24-Sep-09 at 20:59 pm | Permalink

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