The Big Subsidy Steal: Texan Taxpayers Fork Out $80,000,000,000 to Wind Power Outfits

When it comes to massive subsidies to wind power outfits in the US, the Lone Star State led the charge. Since 2006, the wind industry has managed to snaffle over $80 billion from Texan taxpayers, and they’ve only just begun.

Generating a product that’s only ever available in chaotic fits and spurts, means that endless subsidies and mandated targets are the only reason there’s a ‘market’ for chaotically intermittent wind power, at all.

Bill Peacock tallies up the extraordinary cost of the largest example of state-sanctioned theft in American history and begs the question just how things got so out of hand and why the situation continues unchecked?

As the late Alby Schultz MP put it: “The only reason people are not rioting in the streets about the unjustified increase in their power bills is that they simply have no idea what is going on.” And that appears to be as true in Australia as it is in Texas.

Renewable Energy Feeling the Pain of COVID-19
Master Resource
Bill Peacock
3 May 2020

For the first time last year, electricity produced from wind in Texas almost equaled the amount produced from coal. This year, it appears as if wind is going to blow coal away.

Last year, both sources produced about 20% of the electricity used on the grid. For the first three months of 2020, however, wind has produced 26% of the power versus only 16% for coal.

Lest you be taken in by the wind energy industry’s market prowess, this has nothing to do with wind energy being cleaner, more affordable, or more reliable than other sources of energy. Rather, it is because the renewable energy industry is using the government to steal billions of dollars of taxpayer money every year.

This year, federal subsidies for wind and solar, in addition to Texas state and local renewable subsidies, may be about $9 billion. Since 2006, those subsidies have totaled $80 billion.

That is $80 billion being stolen from tax payers by these major companies (and others):

Bright spot?
One challenge to hitting the $9 billion subsidy mark this year is a bit of good news: the COVID-19 lockdown is making it difficult for the renewable industry to build more generation:

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board.

In locked-down California, some local agencies that issue permits for new work closed temporarily, and some solar companies furloughed installers.

In New York and New Jersey, SunPower CEO Thomas Werner halted installation of more than 400 residential solar systems, fearing for his workers’ safety.

As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, trade groups say.

I recently called this a “bright spot on Twitter:

Bill Peacock @BillPeacock3

Here is one bright spot in the darkness that otherwise surrounds our response to COVID19. #endrenewableenergysubsidies https://twitter.com/APHealthScience/status/1256600279774044162 …

AP Health & Science @APHealthScience The coronavirus pandemic is roiling the U.S. renewable energy industry, causing shipping and construction delays and leading to worker layoffs in wind and solar. http://apne.ws/qyXlOfw  

One commenter asked, “Why is this a bright spot? You want the energy industry to fail? You want people to lose their jobs?

Fair Field, No Favor
No, I don’t want the energy industry to fail. I don’t even want the renewable energy industry to fail. Or people to lose jobs. What I want is for the corporate executives, stockholders, and workers at these companies to stop making their money through the government’s theft of money from Americans.

Paul Gaynor, CEO of Longroad Energy, a utility-scale wind and solar developer, recently said, “Pre-pandemic, there were great dreams and aspirations for a record-setting year.” Indeed, the renewable industry was well on its way this year to a new record; the $9 billion subsidy mark would have been the highest on record. Mr. Gaynor’s dreams and those of the industry are a burden to the rest of us.

What I also want is for the renewable energy industry to to stand (or fall) on its own. If it brings value to consumers and to our country, it will do so. However, as is well documented, wind and solar energy are unaffordable, unreliable, and inefficient. Without the subsidies, it is almost certain it would be only a niche industry, supplying perhaps a percent or two of our energy, rather than the 26% it is currently supplying in Texas.

Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Texas Public Policy Foundation has one of the best collections of research in the world on the problems with renewable energy. Here is a list of some of them:

People who care about liberty, people who care about prosperity, people who care about the poor should be people who want to eliminate renewable energy subsidies. Yet taxpayer billions continue to flow to this corrupt industry. Thus, there are two possible reasons why this continues:

  • People who care about liberty, prosperity, and the poor don’t understand what is going on; or
  • There just are not that many people who care about liberty, prosperity, and the poor.

Take your pick.

Let’s pray that as the country recovers from COVID-19 and our government’s response to COVID-19, the recovery does not extend to the renewable energy industry UNTIL it stops living off of American taxpayers. But that might not be the case: the Energy Information Administration predicts renewable energy will grow 11% this year, despite recent setbacks.
Master Resource

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

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  2. Sylvia Priest says:

    Britain goes two months without coal for first time – article in the Daily Telegraph and on Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit website above headline supplied by Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit and email below sent to them for comment.

    Nothing about the cost of “renewables” to the destruction of the countryside – where are the references to Planet of the Humans facts on mining and forest destruction of the earth and the BIG MONEY behind these so-called renewables. Threat of blackouts as renewables cannot retain electricity – this seems to be overlooked. Probably another excuse of an “unforeseeable coincidence of two events happening together” again. *Also no sign of cost reduction to users as cheapness of producing this energy via renewables is out of control in the name of “green energy”.* Northern Ireland is not included in this statement, therefore it is incorrect. Has your statement been referred to Ofgem and the Advertising Standards Association and an independent monitor of electricity usage in the UK? Sylvia Priest

  3. There is a new wind power novel in German and in English online:
    https://rotherbaron.com/2020/06/08/interview-mit-rothilda-von-rotortod-zu-ihrem-roman-ueberdreht/

  4. Reblogged this on uwerolandgross.

  5. OldCynic says:

    ” There are two possible reasons why this continues:
    – People who care about liberty, prosperity, and the poor don’t
    understand what is going on; or
    – There just are not that many people who care about liberty,
    prosperity, and the poor. ”

    May I suggest a third reason. Plenty of people know what is going on, but feel completely helpless in the face of an unrelenting barrage of lies from vendors of Intermittent Power, and their media boosters.

    We know what is going on, but were are just talking to each other. There is no wider discussion, and no possible way to have a wider discussion when Mainstream Media and lots of social media avenues ate closed to us.

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