But wait a minute, just how much energy was that?
Madrid, Spain -- Spain saw wind power become its main source of electricity generation last month, underscoring the country's progress in becoming one of Europe's greenest nations.
Power network operator Red Electra (REE) said Iberian wind farms generated 4,738 GWh of electricity in March to meet 21% of demand, 5% above the year-ago monthly rate, fueled by heavier winds than usual.
Altogether, clean energy met 42.2% of electricity demand though this was down from 48.5 percent against March 2010.
Hydropower accounted for 17.3%, solar energy for 2.6%, nuclear for 19% and coal-powered for 12.9%.
Oh. So that number one source of energy - wind - delivered only 21% of what was needed.
It's great to see that Spain - with a population of 44,955,079 in 2012 - got 42.2% of it's power need from it's renewables. That included wind, solar, and hydro.
Ok... back to where we live:
The United States had a population of 315,159,000 in 2012, more or less, not counting those 12-20 million illegals nobody wants to count.
It's all a matter of scale... Spain's total clean energy supply of 42.2% for their 45 million citizens would be only 6% of the needs for our 315 million citizens(not including illegals).
Remember the Iceland poster about Iceland receiving 100% of their energy needs from geothermal? Yeah... well, Iceland has less than 400,000 citizens.
You gotta take these green energy claims in context. What sounds great for someone else may not work worth a damn for us.
A modern aircraft carrier 1,000 feet long can carry 100 modern aircraft. Does that mean that a 10,000 foot aircraft carrier could carry 1,000 aircraft? One may suppose so, but who on planet earth could afford to build a two-mile-long aircraft carrier? Plus a thousand modern aircraft?
Like I said, it's a matter of scale.
What with the billions and billions we have already spent on wind and solar, they still only provide about 6% of our energy needs. To get to Spain's 42.2% mark would take more money than we will ever have available, what with the back-breaking demands we already have on our national treasury.
And then there's that teenie little fact that we're 16 trillion in debt and flat broke, and have to borrow 40% of the money we need just to make it from day-to-day.
Sorta sad... maybe we could have had afforded to build sufficient renewables if Congress hadn't spent us into bankruptcy already.