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Writing on the wall when comes to renewables

Published 10:03am Friday, May 31, 2013

It is becoming apparent that a major switch to “renewable energy” is not one that will happen quickly, if ever.

If you want to look at what the future holds for renewables in the United States you need only to look as far as the European Union. We can save a great deal of time and money by looking to the east.

The Euro-zone is experiencing its longest economic slump since World War II with no recovery in sight.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by Marcus Walker in Berlin and Brian Blackstone in Frankfurt, Germany said that, “The 17-nation Euro-zone, which accounts for 17 percent of world GDP, remains the weakest link in the global economy.

Another WSJ article, “Europe’s Sinking Feeling” discloses that:

> Euro-zone unemployment stands at 12.1 percent, a record high

> Italy’s economy shrank for the seventh quarter in a row

> France is in recession

 The Euro currency bloc as a whole shrank for the sixth straight quarter

 The Euro-zone is expected to shrink overall in 2013

 If borrowing money for the government to spend on “growth” worked, Europe wouldn’t be in this mess

In “Europe’s Manufacturers Feel Squeezed” Stephen Fidler writes, “continents efforts to curb carbon emissions are viewed as further hampering the competitiveness of EU companies and have led to unintended consequences. Higher energy prices are encouraging the closure in Europe of energy-intensive plants, while importing from less energy-efficient manufacturers. This process, known as carbon leakage, may increase overall global carbon emissions since more efficient plants in Europe are closed in favor of less efficient plants outside.”

The high cost of energy is becoming increasingly important in the European Union. Energy prices have “increased 27 percent between 2005 and early 2012.” The lower cost of coal has increased its consumption, rather than other lower-carbon alternatives.

T. Boone Pickens, American business magnate and financer, made the following statements during an interview on MSNBC. “I’ve lost my ass in wind power.” When asked if there were “green jobs” in America, Pickens answered, “Sure if you go out and subsidize them some of these things develop them — yeah, you get jobs out of them.”

In March of 2013 Bob Dudley, CEO of BP, said, “we have thrown in the towel on the solar industry for good.” BP had been involved in the solar industry for 40 years.

A vice president of the research firm NPD Solarbuzz made the comment, “the business now is all about efficient production and low prices, something more suited to the Asian Companies taking a lead role in the solar panel business.

President of Solar Energy Industries Association, Rhone Resch, said, “for the solar industry it’s going to take a few decades before we make a significant dent.”

In an article by Robert L. Bradley Jr. titled “Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not ‘Green’” he states, “Even improved new generation renewable capacity is, on average, twice as expensive as new capacity from the most economical fossil-fuel alternative and triple the cost of surplus electricity.

Mr. Bradley goes on to say, “Current state and federal efforts to restructure the electricity industry are being politicized to foist a new round of involuntary commitments on ratepayers and taxpayers for politically forward renewables.

Robert L. Bradley Jr. is president of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas, the author of the two-volume Oil, Gas, and Government: the U.S. Experience, and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute.

For those who are not too blind to see, the writing is on the wall. More to come…


Joseph P. Smith is the owner of Pyro-Chem Corporation in South Point and has worked in the energy industry for more than three decades. He can be reached by email at

  1. mikehaney

    Obama is not even close to the Wright brothers, and private industry developed the airplane. You know, the selfish greedy people.
    If it was up to Washington, we would still be riding in stone wheeled carts pulled by donkeys.
    Problem today is we have a donkey running our country.

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  2. mickakers

    A wise decision on the part of the Obama administration in furthering the exploration of the use of electricity in automobiles. They also called the Wright brothers stupid.

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    • mikehaney

      I see you support our pro abortion president.
      —-A wise decision on the part of the Obama administration–

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  3. mikehaney

    Stupid in Washington will destroy our nation as we know it.
    Where did they come from?
    Despite the looming bankruptcy of electric carmaker Fisker Automotive, and disappointing sales of electric vehicles across the country, the Obama administration has harnessed some of the country’s top scientists, engineers, economists and auto experts to push electric car use deeper into the fabric of American society.

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  4. mikehaney

    Washington is clueless on all sides.
    Other groups have aimed their ire toward the more worthy target, criticizing Congress for slipping the language into a must-pass bill without review by the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees. The International Business Times reports that the Center for Food Safety is putting in the hot seat Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman for the Senate Appropriations Committee, for not giving the amendment a proper hearing. According to Salon, many members of Congress who voted to approve the bill were unaware the language existed.
    Unaware the language existed?????

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  5. mikehaney

    Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.[1]
    Got that ?
    In other words, the food we eat destroys brain cells and causes people to vote democratic.

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  6. mikehaney

    When the sun goes behind the clouds and the wind dies down, we would be in the dark without fossil fuels. Renewables cost at this time is driving costs up and the economy down.
    Hey Mick, kick in a little more into the second collection basket on Sunday.

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  7. 79Tiger

    @mickakers: The coal and oil barons are not doing anything to stop wind & solar energy. They are failing because they are being subsidized by the government instead of the private sector. The coal and oil companies are in a fight for their survival against an aggressive government policy that is obviously detrimental to them. One of the cleanest and safest sources of energy, nuclear, is fought against in this country by government. So why a political agenda against a few and not all? Better yet, why not let them all compete without government subsidies and allow the market to decide?

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  8. mickakers

    mikehaney; as a PS: We at Catholic Charities give assistance to those who are suffering from high energy costs due to the greed of the oil and coal industries.

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  9. mickakers

    mikehaney; An insightful comment, “How about energy stamps for the welfare crowd.” (the working poor). I concur with your thoughts on this. The Working Poor are more than deserving of assistance. Common Mike, there would be no need for me to dump my air conditioner if we relied on clean air resources.

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  10. mikehaney

    That’s ok. Obama likes to hand out food stamps and cash. How about energy stamps for the welfare crowd. The working man/woman can find there own way to pay for their energy consumption, and who knows how much they’ll have to pay for the freeloaders.
    Dump your air conditioner Mick, you need to help save the planet.

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  11. mickakers

    Joseph P. Smith; What did you say? Sounds like an advertisement. A lot of words, but lacking in substance. Your three decades of work in the energy industry has blinded you to the truth. Your primary concern is in preserving your own position and the almighty dollar in advocating our reliance on fossil fuels. It is high time we look to the future and not wallow in the past when it comes to energy sources. It is high time we clean up our act and cease polluting the environment and it’s peoples. It is time for the Coal Barons and the Oil Barons to release their stranglehold on humanity.

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