Thursday, December 20, 2012

Forrest Gump Said It All...

"Stupid is as stupid does...

Obama and his lap dogs at the EPA are forcing down another  coal fired electrical plant, a really big one this time, 1,100 megawatts down the tubes.

That's not polluting smoke you see, it's steam. Try telling that
to a tree-hugging Gaia worshiper.

Last May the power company withdrew a plan to spend a billion dollars to retrofit the plant to use natural gas,  citing the dismal reality that it would raise the cost of electricity by at least 31 percent.

Not only is 1,100 Megawatts or power vanishing, but several hundred jobs also.

It is remarkably stupid to force the closures of all these plants without first providing replacement energy for those lost Gigawatts of power. You gotta give stupid credit, he's  one of those unicorn-riding greenies that actually believed solar and wind would to the trick, regardless of facts, math or reality.

Nobody is paying any attention at all to Germany.  They should.

Germany has long been the champion for renewable energy production, obtaining more than one fourth of its electricity from clean energy sources including wind, solar, and biomass. But while wind has traditionally been the dominant producer of clean electricity in Europe’s largest economy, the often cloudy northern European climate would not seem particularly conducive to the production of significant amounts of solar power.
However, solar energy, Germany’s second-largest source of clean energy,  jumped 50 percent in 2012.
WOWZERS! 50 %!
Those hotcoldwetdry  fanatics just love that sort of news. But they should read all the news, rather than just the part that makes them feel all warm and fuzzy.
That 50% jump in solar production was a "jump" from 4.1% to 6.2 % of the country's energy production. Wind production provided 8.6%, biomass 5.8% and hydropower 3.8% for a grand total from renewables a massive 24.4 percent of the nation's needed power.
The remaining paltry 75.6% of power comes from coal and nuclear. Remember that  Chancellor Angela Merkel is shutting down all their nuclear plants(sort of like stupid is with our coal plants), regardless of a few challenges that have popped up including a forthcoming tax aimed at paying for Germany’s move away from nuclear energy.

Additionally, subsidies for German solar companies run into the billions every year. Next year, a three-person family will have to pay up to an additional €175 ($220) to finance the construction of the renewable energy infrastructure. That's not a part of their actual energy costs, they still have to pay the electric bill. It's an  additional financial burden they face.
Another thing they're not talking about anywhere.... Germany has had to build new conventional power plants as reserve energy sources... because their wind and solar is not reliable.

Imagine that.

Solar produces zero watts at night, and wind produces zero watts on a calm day or night, and Germany has had many cold nights with no wind at all. So they STILL need enough conventional power sources to provides the entire nation's energy needs when it's dark and calm. So the German government is constructing more conventional plants. It's that or get hung on the nearest lampposts.

Even so, Chancellor Merkel said she remained committed to achieving the country’s goal of obtaining 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

It's not the countries goal. It's her goal....and the goal of a few very powerful individuals in the renewable business, cheered on by loonies who hate the modern world.


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