Scoundrel’s Paradise: Subsidised Wind & Solar The Greatest Scam on Earth

Welcome to the greatest scam on Earth.

 

The only way of explaining the push for subsidised wind and solar is money. And when we say money, we mean hundreds of billions of dollars of other people’s money.

In Australia alone, the Federal Government’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target will redirect over $60 billion in subsidies to wind and large-scale solar operators (all drawn from Australian power consumers and added to their power bills) over the life of that scheme.

Although, to use the term ‘scheme’ is to add varnish to one of the greatest scams in history.

Rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse are the only ‘dividends’ to be returned from the LRET, the largest single industry subsidy scheme in the history of the Commonwealth.

Australia’s obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar means not only spiralling retail power prices, but guarantees widespread load shedding (aka “demand management”) and blackouts (‘demand mismanagement’), as demand peaks over the summer and wind and solar output collapses around sunset and calm weather.

The causes and consequence of the scam, however, are universal. As Norman Rogers details below.

Green energy is the perfect scam
American Thinker
Norman Rogers
12 November 2018

Green energy is an incredible money-making scam. The promoters of green energy make billions of dollars promoting dumb energy schemes that are completely useless. What makes the scam extremely clever is that the scammers have convinced the public that the purpose of their scam is to improve the environment. The scammers pretend to be earnest environmental advocates.

Any really good scam needs endorsements from authoritative sounding sources. In the case of green energy, the authoritative sources are in on the scam. The beneficiaries of the green energy scam go way beyond the wind and solar industries.

Non-profit environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club or Greenpeace, need to be seen as fighting against an urgent looming catastrophe. If they don’t have something dreadful to fight against, no one is going to join their organizations or give them money. Global warming, allegedly caused by carbon dioxide, is the looming catastrophe and green energy is the solution. When the globe failed to warm they renamed the looming catastrophe climate change in place of global warming. Now they blame every instance of bad weather on climate change created by burning coal and oil. What were formerly acts of God are now the fault of the oil and coal companies.

Scientists are a special interest group largely financed by the federal government. Global warming is a magnificent gift to the science industry. The industry has been corrupted by pathological science that is primarily intended to increase flow of money from Washington. Science directed toward discovering truth is out of fashion. The many scientists that are global warming skeptics don’t exist as far as the science industry is concerned.

Government agencies, and the politicians that give the agencies money, have embraced the threat of climate change. It gives them something to do that is more  noble, even romantic than  highways and making the trains run on time. The government spends billions on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

Ironically, electric utility companies love wind and solar green energy. They know perfectly well that wind and solar are useless because wind and solar generate electricity erratically and have to be backed up by reliable conventional electric generating plants. The only economic benefit is the fuel saved in the backup plants when wind or solar is actually generating electricity. But the cost of the wind or solar electricity is much higher than the benefit of fuel saved. Thus, the more wind or solar that you have, the more money you lose. But, electric utilities are regulated by public utilities commissions. The amount of profit they are allowed is calculated as a fraction of the utilities’ capital investment. So, the utilities want to make capital investments, even if those investments are wind and solar plants that waste money on a grand scale. The electricity consumers bear the cost and the utilities are allowed a larger profit.

In some parts of the country rooftop solar is fashionable. Homeowners who install rooftop solar often save money because the reduction in cost of electricity from the utility is greater than he cost of the solar electricity. These homeowners brag to their friends about how clever they are, and the purveyors of rooftop solar place advertisements claiming that rooftop solar is cheaper than buying electricity from the electric company. This is part of the scam. Rooftop solar is profitable because it is heavily subsidized and because the electric utility is forced, by the governmental authorities, to provide a connection to back up the solar without compensating remuneration. The real cost of rooftop solar electricity, exclusive of subsidies, is around 30-cents per kilowatt hour and the real benefit is around two cents per kilowatt hour from fuel saved in the utility’s backup plants. The subsidy, financed by taxpayers and electricity consumers, is greater than ninety percent.

Hundreds of thousands of home owners, under the delusion that they have discovered cheaper electricity, are walking and talking advertisements for solar energy.

The biggest victim of the green energy scam is the public in general. Everybody pays more taxes and pays more for energy as a consequence of the scam. But the waste of billions of dollars may not be noticeable when spread over the 320 million Americans. The public has been exposed to relentless propaganda promoting green energy as beneficial and less expensive. The public is the greatest victim, but most people don’t know that they are being victimized, so there is little incentive to organize against the scam.

There are certain other victims such as the coal industry and coal miners. But these groups mostly don’t understand that they are victimized by a scam. Due to the propaganda they may actually believe that burning coal is undesirable and dangerous. Thus, they lack a clear mandate to organize against the scam. (Modern coal generating plants are environmentally clean.)

The manufacturers of fossil fuel generating plants are beneficiaries, not victims. Wind and solar don’t reduce the demand for fossil fuel plants because wind and solar have to be backed up by traditional plants. A campaign against coal, by the Sierra Club, has resulted in the closing of many coal plants. The closed plants are typically replaced by new natural gas plants. Due to the strain imposed on the electric grid by erratic wind and solar there are many commercial opportunities for upgrading the traditional components of the electricity grid. Rather than hurting the manufacturers of fossil fuel generating equipment, the green energy movement actually helps them.

The green energy scam is the perfect scam because the beneficiaries include many influential individuals and institutions, while the victims are dispersed among large numbers of unorganized people. The few concentrated groups of victims, like coal miners, are psychologically handicapped by propaganda that has convinced them that they, rather than the scammers, are at fault.

Wind and solar are truly useless, like having a 6th toe or an appendix. A detailed exposition on the uselessness of wind and solar is given in my book – Dumb Energy: A Critique of Wind and Solar Energy.

Green energy is often justified on the grounds that it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and thus prevents global warming. Of course, global warming, now called climate change, is itself a scam. The science on which the predictions of global warming doom are based is incredibly weak. But, the weak science is presented as if it is reliable by self-interested parties. In any case, wind and solar are very expensive methods of reducing CO2 emissions. Other, far more practical, strategies for reducing CO2 emissions are available.

Anyone who criticizes the green energy scam is ruthlessly attacked. Critics are often accused of being in the pay of fossil fuel companies. Fossil fuel companies are too timid to risk the wrath of the green movement, so they hardly ever give money to the critics of the green movement. A favorite line of attack is to accuse the critics of using tobacco company tactics to cover up the danger from using fossil fuels. Critics are often depicted as being mental cases, as when Al Gore said that critics of his global warming promotions were like people who think the moon landing was filmed in a Hollywood studio or think that the Earth is flat. James Hansen, often considered that father of the global warming movement, suggested that executives of fossil fuel companies should be sent to jail for crimes against humanity.

Green energy is the perfect scam because it is disguised as a do-good movement and the victims are dispersed, unorganized and disarmed by propaganda. Green energy is endorsed by government agencies, environmental non-profits, and scientific groups. These are people that are often seen as sources of reliable information but that, in reality, work to promote their own parochial interests. This is a scam that needs to be exposed.
American Thinker 

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Thanks to Patina Schneider for sending through the following harrowing description by a resident, of events currently going on in Western Victoria. It paints a very grim picture.

    As the old jigsaw inspired advertising slogan once stated, ‘You’ll love every piece of Victoria’. This I suspect is now one piece of the jigsaw to avoid. In fact the jigsaw is slowly being dismantled and destroyed piece by piece. No wonder they got rid of that advertising campaign!

    Thank you Daniel Andrews. Or should that be ‘Tampon’ Dan!

    Mathew Guy did have the right idea to decentralise Victoria. However that flew in the face of Tampon Dan`s plans to focus all of the attention on Melbourne, whilst filling up regional areas with industrial scale wind generators. Mathew Guy’s strategy would have thrown a major spanner in the works of Labor`s / Friends of the Earth master plan to turn rural Victoria into one massive wind farm.

    Well as the saying goes, “The government you elect is the government you deserve”. Victoria has elected for the utter annihilation and destruction of your own state.

    How ironic that as a South West Victorian resident, I still cannot drive from Geelong to Croydon via the East West Link.

    When I sit in my car in Brunswick St, on my next trip to Croydon, pumping out fumes in yet another traffic jam, watching the self satisfied coffee drinkers on the footpath several feet away from me, surrounded by NO East West Link banners. I shall feel somewhat bemused.

    Welcome to your future Victoria.

    Quote…

    Statement from a resident in the area of the Bulgana Green Power Hub construction.

    I am sure some of you will find this all to familiar.

    I thought you would like an update on the Bulgana Green Power Hub.  Neoen started here on the 15th May with Daniel Andrew’s blessing.  There have been continual breaches of their permit approval with the Northern Grampians Shire being complicit in allowing these breaches to continue. Two examples are: It is clearly stated in their Permit Approval that no construction work was to commence before Neoen had a Vic Roads signed Traffic Management Plan.  This document was not signed until 28th August more than 3 months after construction started.  The other document that was also supposed to be signed and authorised prior to commencement was their Environmental Management Plan.  We can’t find out what date that was actually signed but we think somewhere around the end of July.
     
    All of the roads throughout this project are quite narrow Gravel Roads, and members of the public as well as residents using the roads are regularly being run off the road by the wind farm trucks.  (There has already been one of their cement trucks rolled over full of cement). For the past 2 weeks the whole area is just a continual blanket of dust, both blowing off the roads as well as from the huge areas of the site that Neoen have ripped up.  The trucks are continually speeding on the roads which makes the dust even worse.  The only recompense I actually have is that because my home is on their approved Traffic Management Plan they do put out a bit of water along the road in front of it.  But most of the time I have to ring them to get the water.   There are only a few other people in our community group and The Northern Grampians Shire are wholeheartedly backing the wind farm which makes it impossible to get any help.  We have had meetings with the wind farm organisers but because we are a small group, they tell us that they will do various things, but on the whole nothing much ever happens.  In the last few days one of my neighbours has been trying to do his sheep work, with up to 100 light vehicle movements per day.  Consequently he has to eat dirt all daylong and the wind farm won’t supply any road water because there are not the same number of trucks passing his home.  The Shire have been approached on numerous occasions in regard to this and they won’t do anything.
     
    We now all have contaminated rain water tanks and can’t do anything about that either.  There is an unbelievable number of trucks going past my home.  They start at 4.40 am and are still going at 8.30pm.  A couple of days ago I counted 93 trucks in an hour and forty minutes.  Again a major breach of EPA guidelines which start no construction work or vehicles prior to 7am and to cease by 6pm and 8am to 1pm Saturdays, with no Sunday or Public Holiday work.  They are working seven days a week, so there is no respite.  I actually rang the EPA to get some help and I was told I have to deal with the Responsible Authority. 
     
    Patina, the above is just a small snippet of what is going on here and we are powerless to stop it due to one Daniel Andrews and his incessant push to cover the whole of Western Victoria in wind turbines.

    …end quote.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    The only way of explaining the push for subsidised wind and solar is money. And when we say money, we mean hundreds of billions of dollars of other people’s money.

    In Australia alone, the Federal Government’s Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target will redirect over $60 billion in subsidies to wind and large-scale solar operators (all drawn from Australian power consumers and added to their power bills) over the life of that scheme.

    Although, to use the term ‘scheme’ is to add varnish to one of the greatest scams in history.

    Rocketing power prices and a grid on the brink of collapse are the only ‘dividends’ to be returned from the LRET, the largest single industry subsidy scheme in the history of the Commonwealth.

    Australia’s obsession with chaotically intermittent wind and solar means not only spiralling retail power prices, but guarantees widespread load shedding (aka “demand management”) and blackouts (‘demand mismanagement’), as demand peaks over the summer and wind and solar output collapses around sunset and calm weather.

    The causes and consequence of the scam, however, are universal. As Norman Rogers details below.

  3. drgenenelson says:

    These scammers are spreading their plague worldwide….. Here’s my comment regarding an article link at the bottom of my post. The main task of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Offshore Energy Management is to manage offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. This proposed project would be a perfect match, as nonprofit CPUC intervenor Californians for Green Nuclear Power (CGNP – website at CGNP dot org ) established in a recent proceeding that the entire state of California for the half year ending January 31, 2017, the percent “ON” time for California wind generation is a mere 20%. The remaining 80% of the time, fossil fuels must be burned to compensate for this huge intermittency. Couple that with the required “back down mode” (or hot-ready mode) that burns fossil fuel while the backup generators are waiting for the wind to stop or the Sun to go down, and you can properly deduce that wind generation (just like solar) actually INCREASES emissions of the California power grid.

    Nuclear power is not hobbled with this intermittency problem, as nuclear power stations such as Diablo Canyon run for YEARS without a power interruption. These are some of the reasons why CGNP is suing the CPUC in the California Court of Appeals, 2nd District, Division 6 in Ventura, California regarding CPUC’s improper legal actions in connection with their approval in January, 2018 of PG&E’s proposal to voluntarily close Diablo Canyon in 2025. If the CPUC action becomes final, California ratepayers face huge power rate increases and millions of tons of greenhouse gases annually will be dumped into Earth’s atmosphere to make up for the huge amount of power (5 Hoover Dams each year) that Diablo Canyon cost-effectively and safely generates without emitting any carbon. The San Luis Obispo area will lose over a billion dollars a year in direct and indirect payrolls, leading to a regional economic depression. PG&E’s profits will also be boosted, which is the real motive for the proposal.

    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/environment/article222965530.html

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