Comments on: Ending renewable energy’s villainy Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: saso77 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:56:29 +0000 There is very big propaganda how solar and other kinds of renewable energy are not efficient enough and are very expensive with long return of investment and yes mostly of that propaganda is coming from powerful coal and oil companies who don’t care for future of our nature and our children but they are interested only in their money making businesses.

By: Decatur Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:24:58 +0000 By the way, fossil fuels and nuclear power are very heavily taxpayer subsidized and supported and have been for several lifetimes. The support for altenative energy is a tiny, tiny fraction of that. The ongoing subsidies for ‘traditional’ or ‘conventional’ energy run from special exemptions for waste products to taxpayer funded cleanups onshore and offshore, with many more hidden costs in between.

Life cycle costs are the valid comparison, bringing all the hidden costs to light for each type of energy.

We can’t do without any of these forms of energy production now or in the near future (over several presidential terms), but we can compare energy costs on a more fully informed basis before condemning the new ideas.

By: nikacat Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:03:00 +0000 1. The President and Congress support it.
2. The bureaucracy supports it.
3. Leftists, Marxists, and democrats support it.

The above are three good reasons for me to be suspicious of
“clean, renewable energy”. Besides, if these energy sources had their own intrinsic value, then not a single one would need to be subsidized or tax favored. And no, I’m not noted for my political correctness.

By: Burns0011 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:59:29 +0000 Renewable energy is mostly vilified because congressmen and senators in the USA mostly have their campaigns funded by Big Oil. There’s a lot more money in Big Oil than there is in renewable energy, and Big Oil has a hard time recognizing opportunities to move into energy production that’s not petroleum based.

That said, renewable energy cannot replace Big Oil any time soon, nor can it replace Nuclear or Coal or Natural Gas. Cropland used for corn-based Ethanol is cropland not being used for foodstuffs. It’s also water-intensive and, like any crop, subject to problems such as drought, disease, and insects.

There is research into finding ethanol sources from plants that grow in areas where food crops cannot grow, but there, again, progress is slow and little supported.

By: fred5407 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:58:39 +0000 Ya know, renewable energy is good if it is not bastarized. Biomass power plants using 80 year old technology to get 30 percent efficiencies is a prime example. Wind energy coupled with pumped hydro power is a real winner. Geothermal power plants are the cats meow.
How about the development of clean energy storage for cells that can be transported and used in cars and trains. No progress on transportable energy storage, none in sight. How about antimatter energy development. Check it out.

By: slrch Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:32:46 +0000 Solar and wind work well without subsidies in areas not close to grids. Solar also works well for hot water hearting in most areas. Winc works on boats. But without subsidies they are not competive in other areas.

Bio-fuels use up farmland.

Pultonium fast breader reactors would be ecconmical but for safety one needs laws that will send big wigs to jail ot excutioners for cutting corners. Radiation like all mass poisoning requires laws that say criminal murder has occured if it more than 75% probabile that deaths occured or will occure due to the poison. Deaths do occur in mass poisonings but unless level is so high it kills by itself a lot people fast the law does not reconize the murder. False test data is only one often reported abuse.

By: LeonBreaux Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:37:42 +0000 Very interesting how Mr. McGinn failed to directly mention the lobbying efforts, think tanks, propaganda, etc., of the fossil fuel industry. I’m not necessarily implying that this omission is a negative.

By: Bob9999 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:30:37 +0000 “What’s so wrong with the U.S. solar, wind, biofuels and other clean, renewable energy industries?”

Answer: Oil and coal companies spend a lot of money on politicians, as they have done for more than 100 years. Anything that looks like it might discourage the of fossil fuels, they step on it.

By: Bert2 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:56:11 +0000 Well said!