The land-needed differential is simply staggering - some 300 to 580 times larger for solar and wind production (see top graphic).
Back in 2009, 'C3' created a similar type of image (see bottom graphic) that depicted how much land was needed to replace all U.S. fossil fuel plants with solar and wind facilities - based on this analysis. As in the UK depiction, the nuclear option (see green dot) land needed is a fraction of the enormous appetite of "leading" renewable solutions.
The stunning stuck-on-stupid green ideology shown in all its wasteful environmental graphic glory.
It's a connect the dots "climate change" moment: The ever self-righteous green organizations, such as the WWF, are being paid by 'Big Wind' companies for less than charitable reasons - obviously, what's best for the environment is no longer the primary mission for most greens
Read here. If true, it's another confirmation that big green is on the payroll of special interest groups that happen to spoil nature, harm the environment and cause climate change.
As more and more local communities do battle with the wind firms in order to save their environment, they are being back stabbed by the paragons of "green," all in the name of a greener green - the money in their coffers.
And it's not just the WWF.
"It has apparently also been revealed that Friends of the Earth Scotland are supported by Scottish Power Renewables, while the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland is also in the pay of big wind."
Connect the dots climate change has more importantly become the sleazeball issue of 'follow the money' - not the talked about issue of global warming or climate change (severe weather) events. Green groups, such as the WWF, are compromised by greed and not to be trusted to protect either nature or the environment
Read here and here. The Government Motors (GM) billion dollar+ electric vehicle (the Volt) is definitely not shocking the market. Obama's massive taxpayer funded EV is providing proof positive why government should not be involved in the private sector.
"It’s no longer even a real competition as the Leaf is beating the Volt more than 4 to 1. Chevy moved 302 Volts, Nissan sold 1362 Leafs. Nissan looks good by comparison to Chevy, but the number is still far short of their goal to sell half-a-million EV’s a year by 2013."
Then there has been the gawd-awful, continuous failed solar energy investments made by Team Obama. This week there came another announcement of a major taxpayer subsidized solar manufacturer being toast.
"The recent bankruptcies of solar companies Evergreen Solar and Obama extra-special-favorite Solyndra have cost taxpayers a combined $593 million. Now, the Obama administration is in the process of guaranteeing loans for $622 million more to new solar companies likewise destined to failure in competition with low-cost solar panels from China."
For taxpayers, the best way to protect themselves is to 'short' any company or industry that Obama anoints with tax monies - he is a sure bet for picking losers. Hey, a loser knows losers, no? W.P.E. yet?
Read here. With U.S. state budgets under tremendous pressure to balance budgets, many are cutting expenses, including those lucrative subsidies for solar installations. Now that solar subsidies have been reduced or eliminated, solar home and business installations rarely make viable economic sense.
Tennessee and Oregon are two recent states that are pulling the plug on solar.
""While the state has put great emphasis on solar technology in recent years, bringing that technology to bear in Tennessee homes and businesses is proving a difficult task because of the high cost of installation, which is becoming increasingly hard for the state and its citizens to swallow. Wednesday, the Tennessee Solar Institute announced it would stop processing applications for further grants as it exhausts about $10 million of stimulus funds encouraging businesses to invest in solar technology."......""Without the tax credits, the economics of commercial solar projects don't work, for electricity buyers or investors who underwrite the projects.""
Read here and here. The problem of rare earth supply is one even shared by China's own wind turbine manufacturers. The prices have risen so sharply that production of high demand wind turbines has to be curtailed to the detriment of Chinese producers and international turbine customers.
With the massive government subsidization of renewable energy projects, the supply of rare earth production has tightened, and has become especially acute since China production represents 95% of the world's supply. Despite this known death grip on supply, the Obama administration and other western countries have done little to solve the China problem.
"The result, according to US analysts, is that the rest of the world has sleepwalked into the parlous situation it now finds itself in. 'We all know the ball has been dropped in this [rare earths] space and not only by the US but by a whole swath of Western economies,'...The GAO report estimated it could take 15 years for the West to catch up with China and develop alternative supplies...a senior metallurgist at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been studying rare-earth materials since the 1960s. 'There is nearly zero rare-earths mining, processing and research going on now in the US,'...Officials in the US, Japan and Europe are now debating whether to lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organisation over China's export quotas on rare earths. Their concern is that China will have an unfair price advantage as it builds up a green-tech industry that it wants to export all over the world."
Read here. Obama and his team think they can pick green energy technology winners. They have increased the subsidies to solar companies by 626% while trying to reduce subsidies to fossil fuels.
"President Barack Obama wants to end subsidies that go to oil and natural gas companies, a new Department of Energy report shows that federal subsidies to clean energy are way up, with solar seeing a subsidy increase of 626 percent...Obama repeated his call to end subsidies to oil and gas companies and said that “instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, we should invest in tomorrow’s,” adding that “clean energy can lead to new jobs and new businesses,” and “[a]n investment in clean energy today is an investment in a better tomorrow.”"
But those solar investments are going south, losing the taxpayer monies in the process as we discussed here and here. Obama and the Federal government need to remove themselves from the energy market, which subsidies and regulation have turned into a dysfunctional sector of the economy.
Read here. Solon Solar is closing their Arizona plant. Green jobs lost will be 65. The company will move manufacturing to existing overseas plants.
""The Solon product we manufacture here in Tucson may have a better fit and finish than some others, but the market doesn't really value that," he said. "The market values a low price. We are going to stop beating our heads against the wall and say, 'How can we be smart strategically?' "
Just more evidence that the continuing hefty subsidies of "green jobs" by the Obama administration is a complete waste of tax payer monies.
Read here. Evergreen Solar a subsidized concern that closed its plant and cut 800 jobs has now filed for bankruptcy. Before doing so, they moved their plant to China.
From 2008, at the genesis of the Obama 'green job' scam:
""Thanks to the dedication and collaboration of AeonSolar, Evergreen Solar, PV Powered, IBEW, Turner Construction and the DNCC, we have been able to provide clean, renewable solar power to the Pepsi Center and raise awareness on renewable sources of energy to those attending the Democratic National Convention,” said Andrea Robinson, Director of Sustainability & Greening, Democratic National Convention Committee."
Read here. Al Gore and his billionaire friends need to make more money. The easiest and sleazeball way to accomplish said objective is to invest in "green" renewable energy schemes that are heavily subsidized by taxpayers in order to enrich the rich. Wealthy investors putting stakes into "green" wind turbine farms is one such example.
Wind energy, which represents ancient technology gussied up to excite investors, is a major environmental degradation. As is well documented, the wind turbines are efficient bird cuisinarts, killing at least 400,000 birds per year and growing.
To make wind turbine farms somewhat efficient, they need to be placed in windy areas that migratory birds favor. A U.S. agency committed to wildlife protection has given its blessing to placing wind farms along a 200-mile wide corridor within the U.S. that is a major migration path for the endagered whooping crane.
When Al Gore's money talks, bad things happen.....
"The plan by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) would allow for killing endangered whooping cranes. The government’s environmental review will consider a permit, sought by 19 energy developers, which would allow constructing turbines (over 300 feet tall) and associated transmission lines on non-federal lands in nine states from Montana to the Texas coast, encroaching on the migratory route of the cranes...The leading cause of death for the nation’s last historic population of whooping cranes, which stand at 5 feet and have a wingspan of more than 7 feet, is overhead utility lines, the Fish and Wildlife Service has said."
Read here and here. The anti-CO2 greens and liberal/progressive/Democrats have been at the forefront of pushing wind turbines as renewable energy sources. Yet these million dollar machines are wreaking havoc and mayhem on birds and bats - it's man-made, environmentalist-caused species extinction in full progress.
In California, they are finally investigating the slaughter:
"An investigation has been launched into the deaths of migratory birds including several federally protected golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Pine Tree Wind Project...Should the inquiry result in a prosecution, the 120-megawatt facility on 8,000 acres of rugged terrain would be the first wind farm to face charges under the Endangered Species Act..."
"Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines...Now the drive for renewable power sources, such as wind and the sun, being promoted by President Obama and state Governor Jerry Brown has raised fears that the number of newborn golden eagles may not be able to keep pace with the number of turbine fatalities..."It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production.""
Read here. Chalk up even more inconvenient environmental disasters from politicians and those wealthy investors (Soros, Gore, Brin, Page and etc.) pursuing greater profits cloaked in the mantle of green. Because Cuisinart wind farms have a voracious appetite for flying creatures, some North American bat species face potential extinction due to an idiotic green power policy and dollars.
New research by Boyles et al. in the Science journal paints a bleak picture for the flying mammal and agriculture:
"At the same time, bats of several migratory tree-dwelling species are being killed in unprecedented numbers at wind turbines across the continent......Because of these combined threats, sudden and simultaneous population declines are being witnessed in assemblages of temperate-zone insectivorous bats on a scale rivaled by few recorded events affecting mammals.....“Populations of at least one species (little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus) have declined so precipitously that regional extirpation and extinction are expected,".....The authors calculated new estimates to the entire United States to gauge how much the disappearance of bats could cost the agricultural industry. “We estimate the value of bats to the agricultural industry is roughly $22.9 billion/year,” they state, with high end estimates as large as $53 billion/year."....“Bats are among the most overlooked, yet economically important, nondomesticated animals in North America, and their conservation is important for the integrity of ecosystems and in the best interest of both national and international economies,”" [Justin G. Boyles, Paul M. Cryan,Gary F. McCracken and Thomas H. Kunz 2011: Science]
Read here. Just about everything associated with green energy initiatives turns into a scam, attracting both organized crime and the Gore/Soros leftist wealth. Unfortunately, the wind power "renewable" market is also incredibly vulnerable to these types of scam artists, as evidenced by the happenings in Sicily.
"Attracted by the prospect of generous grants designed to boost the use of alternative energies, the so-called "eco Mafia" has begun fraudulently creaming off millions of euros from both the Italian government and the European Union....."Nothing earns more than a wind farm," said Edoardo Zanchini, an environmental campaigner who has investigated Mafia infiltration of the industry. "Anything that creates wealth interests the Mafia."...It is not just Italian criminals, however, who have spotted the potential for corruption. Recent research by Kroll, the international corporate security firm, has discovered examples all over Europe of so-called "clean energy" schemes being used to to line criminals' pockets rather than save the planet. Some involve windmills that stand derelict or are simply never built, while others are used to launder profits from other crime enterprises."
Read here. The best U.S scientists made predictions for solar power during the first energy "crisis." How good were their predictions? Terrible, which is the the usual outcome with expert predictions, including 99.99% of all climate change predictions that the gullible-MSM faithfully repeats from the scientist press releases.
In comparison to the simple solar power market, it is often said that Earth's climate is the most complex system known because it incorporates these characteristics: non-linear, chaotic, and coupled. These three attributes should invoke immense climate scientist humility, but they don't seem to. In addition, for these numerous fundamental reasons (besides the déjà vu of experts always being wrong) the public and policymakers should outright reject any notion that climate predictions from scientists and climate models have any real-world validity.
Read here and here. It is very obvious to objective observers that wind power is an expensive and non-robust solution to real-time energy needs. Other countries have discovered this, yet the Obama administration attempts to keep this type of information from the public.
"There is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions… Denmark, the world’s most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power’s unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone)."
"They also show it was coordinated with the lobbyists for “Big Wind” and the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP)....But it is clear that senior staff in Ms. Zoi’s office, and another under her authority, were told by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) of its concern over the foreign economic analysis because of the media and policymaker attention it was receiving....The questions raised about green jobs also threatened the vast increase in Department of Energy spending to pursue green jobs. The Obama administration has poured cash into renewable-energy efficiency and renewable energy with abandon....What is clear is that the Department of Energy then worked with Center for American Progress and the industry lobby AWEA to produce an attack that would serve all their interests."
Read here. Much like the corn ethanol initiative, wind power is promoted and subsidized by the U.S. government. This turnabout from a 90's "has-been" is primarily due to the shenanigans of the former corporate powerhouse Enron, and now GE, which acquired the Enron wind business.
Despite a lot of powerful friends, wind power is becoming reviled within the green movement and local environmentalist community. It's easy to understand why since wind power farms are not exactly appealing to local residents and it's really not a very reliable source of energy. Add to the boiling pot a government(s) jamming wind farms into areas over the protests of community residents, it becomes a recipe that may cause 'Tea Party' supporters and green activists to work in concert - viva la revolution!
Per this article or this one, it doesn't sound as if the wind power proponents and government agencies quite understand the populace undercurrents. Clueless?
Read here. Climate alarmists bemoan the fate of polar bears due to global warming (wrongly concluded and hyped), yet are curiously silent about the incredible slaughter of birds due to a favored renewable energy solution - wind turbines. The avian massacre is potentially 300,000 per year - the hypocrisy of major environmental groups and activists is astounding.
Read here. If fossil fuel electricity generation is to be replaced within 10 years, as Al Gore is demanding, wind and solar farms would require huge amounts of acreage to accomplish. In contrast, nuclear would require a tiny area footprint. Now imagine the gigantic costs of building solar arrays or wind towers to cover the vast areas needed - did we say impractical? (click to enlarge) x