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Germany and the UK: The Slow Implosion of the Renewables Revolution is Under Way

“the viability of windfarms has always been the renewables industry’s worst kept secret” Peter C. Glover — The Energy Tribune — June 24, 2013 Energy insiders have long known that the notion of viable ‘renewable energy’ was always a romantic proposition – and an economic bust. But it is amazing what the lure of guaranteed […]

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The ‘Great Renewables Scam’ unravels

Peter C. Glover — The Commentator — June 21, 2013 In many parts of northern Europe, wind and solar projects may be highly visible facts on the ground. But the headline economic fact behind renewable energy is, and always has been, its sheer and blatant “unsustainability” Energy insiders have long known that the notion of […]

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Scotland joins EU protestors with claim that renewables plans violates convention

Mike Wade —  The Scotland Times — May 8, 2013 Anti-turbine protestors from Scotland last night, joined a European-wide action challenging the development of wind farms across 24 countries. In a case brought at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, EPAW (the European Platform Against Windfarms) argues that the extension of the EC’s renewable […]

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Welcome to Ontario’s renewables future: Britain’s energy crisis – when will the lights go out?

The effects of two decades of short-sighted spinelessness in energy policy may soon be all too apparent. Martin Vander Weyer — The Spectator — April 20, 2013 The day Margaret Thatcher died was also the day Britain nearly ran out of gas. In late March, it was reported that stored reserves were down to just […]

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High wind and solar costs hurt consumers as well as the environment — Renewable power just too costly

Donald N. Dewees — Financial Post — April 17, 2013 In May, 2009, Energy Minister George Smitherman oversaw the enactment of his Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA). It required that Ontario electricity consumers pay high prices for certain kinds of renewable power, including 13.5 cents/kWh for wind and up to 80.2 cents for […]

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Merkel Losing Allies in $700 Billion Shift to Renewables

Stefan Nicola and Tino Andresen — Bloomberg Business Week — April 5, 2013 Chancellor Angela Merkel is losing support from her two biggest allies in the utilities industry as their mounting debt prompts a retreat from renewable-power expansion, undermining her $700 billion program to reshape Germany’s energy market. EON SE (EOAN) and RWE AG (RWE) […]

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UK — “A Horrendous Energy Crunch” … increasingly clear that intermittent renewables don’t deliver

Roger Helmer — February 27, 2013 A horrendous energy crunch.  At least that’s how the Daily Mirror described it, and for once they weren’t exaggerating.  The USA may have its Fiscal Cliff, but we’ve got an Energy Abyss, a Power Precipice.  And let’s be clear — it was our green pretensions (or rather Brussels’ green pretensions) […]

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Germany Faces Multibillion-Euro Grid bill

World Nuclea News — December 12, 2012 The massive expansion of Germany’s electricity networks to cope with the country’s transition away from nuclear to a high share of renewable energy will require investments of up to €42.5 billion ($55.4 billion) by 2030, according to a newly released study. Germany embarked on a path to low-carbon […]

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Defeating Big-Government Renewables in Michigan (Prop. 3’s “suicide by gluttony”)

Another great one from MasterResource Proposition 3, sponsored by by Michigan Energy-Michigan Jobs (MEMJ), would have forced utilities to produce 25 percent of Michigan’s electricity by 2025 from renewable sources, primarily industrial wind. Despite national backing and a lot of money spent, Michigan voters rejected the “25×25″ measure by a 64–36% margin. Clearly, the voters […]

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Denmark: Plan to replace fossil fuels will have a greater environmental impact than the government predicted

Pete Stanners — The Copenhagen Post — December 6, 2012 Cheap coal is keeping fossil fuels alive and jeopardising efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Why go renewable when there is plenty of cheap carbon that can be burned? (Photo: Colourbox) Denmark’s plan, unveiled earlier this year, to become entirely independent of fossil fuels by […]

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California’s Energy Mess

The Press Enterprise — December 5, 2012 California should already know the dangers of pushing blindly ahead on poorly understood energy policies. The governor needs to order a comprehensive cost analysis of state renewable energy goals. And state officials need to combine the various, disjointed clean energy efforts into an organized — and realistic — […]

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UK — Top Tory who earns thousands from green energy firms says it is ‘reasonable’ for bills to rise by £2-a-week to pay for wind farms

Tamara Cohen and Matt Chorley — Daily Mail.online — November 23, 2012 A senior Tory MP who earns thousands of pounds advising green energy firms today insisted it was ‘reasonable’ for electricity bills to rise by £100-a-year to help pay for more wind farms. Tim Yeo, chairman of the Commons energy and climate change committee, […]

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Germany’s Energy Policy: Man-Made Crisis Now Costing Billions

The dramatic rise in renewable energy means some households now pay more for electricity than rent while 800,000 homes are without power. Institute for Energy Research — October 30, 2012 The German people are “up in arms” about energy. Yes, energy—the commodity that affects us every day—our clothes, our food, our entertainment, our transportation, and […]

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Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets — Fantasies of a renewable future obscure our biggest responsibility

Justin Ritchie — September 2012 Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism Ozzie Zehner University of Nebraska Press (2012) The mainstream environmental movement often turns to the idea of a renewable energy economy to paint the picture of a world without fossil fuels and their greenhouse gases. Bill McKibben […]

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Germany — Insane Or Just Plain Stupid?

James Conca — Forbes — August 31, 2012 After the tsunami destroyed the Fukushima plants, Germany moved quickly to shut eight nuclear power plants, and made plans do away completely with their nuclear capability. Despite the best safety record of any industry in the country, and the critical role nuclear plays in fueling German industry, […]

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