Renewables in Perspective

ANU supports renewable energy, which includes cogeneration. We are opposed to taxpayer funded subsidies for “green energy” programs that distort the energy market by redirecting capital inefficiently and create unlimited taxpayer liabilities. These subsidies ensure that the public pays for the failures while the private sector reaps the benefits of any successes.

Energy Department loses $42M on clean-energy loan

Vehicle Production Group (VPG), which made vans for the disabled, ceased operations in February and laid off 100 workers, two years after receiving a $50 million federal loan more here

Feds get $3 million return on $50 million investment in ‘green’ car

Indiana-based AM General agreed to acquire the Michigan-based MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicle funded by the Obama administration with a $50 million loan. more here

McCarthy wants to ignore job-killing EPA regulations

It’s not just the EPA killing jobs by the thousands with regulations of dubious or non-existent benefit. more here

Obama Plans to Power Africa—With Soccer Balls

We’re going to start by investing $7 billion in U.S. government resources. We’re going to partner with the private sector, who themselves have committed more than $9 billion in investment. And in partnership with African nations, we’re going to develop new sources of energy. more here

Sen. Whitehouse Blames GOP For Okla. Tornado, Storms, Rising Seas, Etc.

In remarks which will more than likely be ignored by the establishment press, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in essence blamed Oklahoma’s deadly tornado which struck Moore, Oklahoma on Republicans who have “run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings.” more here

Green Car Maker Fisker Considering Bankruptcy, Taxpayer Loan at Risk

The backdrop to all of this is that the company received a loan from the Department of Energy (DOE) to produce green vehicles, receiving $193 million in taxpayer funds. more here

Another Solar Company Can’t Take The Heat, Closes

A Pittsburgh, Pa. solar energy company has shut its doors four years after receiving nearly $10.2 million in tax credits from the Obama Administration as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. more here

Eagle death at Nevada wind farm brings federal scrutiny

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation after a golden eagle was killed in late February at the Spring Valley Wind Farm, about 300 miles north of Las Vegas. more here

Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change

President  Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they have to consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways. more here

The price of Keystone may be a carbon tax

That Mr. Obama might offer some kind of carbon tax as a carrot to environmentalists and climate activists opposed to Keystone has since emerged as more than plausible. more here

Las Brisas project halted

“The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including EPA’s carbon-permitting requirements and EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new power plants,” said CEO Dave Freysinger.  more here

Nissan Motor will begin U.S. production of its all-electric Leaf as part of a $1.4 billion government loan.

The Leaf is not the only struggling electric vehicle. Ford Motor Co. sold just 685 Focus EVs in 2012 — its first full year of sales — even though it has built 1,627, according to a report from Ford last week. more here

Green Gore sells to one of world’s biggest oil exporters

Mr Gore has long campaigned about the environmental damage done by fossil fuels. Now he has first-hand experience of its economic benefits, after the Qataris reportedly paid around half a billion dollars for Current TV. more here

Warnings Not to Use ‘E15’ Gas in Your Car

The Car Coach Lauren Fix on why ‘E15’ gas could damage drivers’ vehicles older than 2012 models. more here

Solar power adds to nonusers’ costs

“You get into a situation where you have a transmission and distribution system with nobody paying for it,” said the vice president of regulatory operations at California’s second-largest electric utility. more here

Chinese bid wins auction for A123

A123 – which was awarded a $249m grant from the US government – became the latest stimulus-backed company to file for bankruptcy. more here

Lawsuit Alleges “Corruption and Negligence” at Department of Energy

Investigations have shown that DOE officials intentionally stalled numerous applicants’ reviews in order to force them out of business and protect favored players,” the complaint claims. more here

Nissan CEO abandons ’12 electric vehicle sales target

Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn finally admitted the automaker will not meet its sales target for its all-electric Leaf — in another sign of the broad struggle of the electric vehicle industry. more here


Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs

But even when the quarterly reports are combined, a total of 408 new positions were reported under the stimulus program since 2009, amounting to more than $300,000 spent for each new job reported. more here

Is this what green-energy future looks like?

The Denver Post detailed the criminal investigation of Abound Solar, a defunct solar-panel manufacturer in Colorado that was run on taxpayer “investments,” for securities fraud, consumer fraud and financial misrepresentation. more here

Audit: Green jobs stimulus program wastes cash

According to a new internal audit that found it was training workers who already had jobs that didn’t need green energy skills, and was failing to place new enrollees in jobs once they finished the training. more here

Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports

Why would the administration not want to release these reports? Presumably because they have shown what a colossal waste of taxpayer money Obama’s “stimulus” has been. more here

Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

A solar company that got a multi-million-dollar grant from the Department of Energy earlier this year announced Wednesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the second taxpayer-backed green energy company to file for bankruptcy this week. more here

Inspectors generals across federal agencies are piecing together criminal and civil cases into stimulus money that was misspent, wasted or defrauded.

Western Area Power Administration, which received $3.25 billion in borrowing authority to help build transmission lines under the stimulus law, is at risk of losing significant money on a transmission project for wind power in Montana that it funded. more here

Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced. more here

Transition towns: Communism with a smile

The Transition Movement is reported to be a grassroots, community-driven response to overpopulation and consumption, peak oil, climate change, and declining resources. The financial supporters of Transition U.S. leads to some organizations like: Post Carbon Institute, NetSpeed Learning Solutions, GaiaHost Collective, Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. more here

EPA boosts biofuels target amid oil-and-gas industry resistance

“EPA’s mandate will unnecessarily raise the cost of making diesel fuel. This is bad public policy that could burden consumers and businesses already pressed with higher energy costs” more here

Feds ignore rules and use stimulus cash to buy Chinese solar panels

“The photovoltaic panels installed were assembled in and shipped from China,” the memo stated. “Under the ARRA, the Chinese panels cannot be purchased with ARRA funds.” more here

Do the Fringes of Energy Science Offer Real Hope to an Energy-Hungry World?

Nothing yet fits the bill. Oil, coal, and gas are relatively cheap, but are dirty and limited. The clean sources – such as wind, solar, and geothermal – are expensive and inefficient. Nuclear power is abundant and efficient, but the startup costs are very high, the accidents are scary, and the waste products are long-lived and dangerous. more here

GM’s Volt – The ugly math of low sales, high costs

Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts. more here

Despite court curbs, EPA regulators keep killing jobs, prosperity

The real casualties of the Environmental Protection Agency’s relentless war against fossil energy use, and coal in particular, will be businesses, jobs and household energy budgets, with few if any, health benefits. more here

Why green energy startups are now ‘toxic’

Another headwind moving against that industry — and the growth of green energy in general — is the falling price of natural gas, which is less than half what it was just a few years ago. Why invest in alternative energy when natural gas is abundant and cheap? more here

The Department of Energy (ARPA-E) today announced that 19 transformative new projects will receive a total of $43 million in funding

ARPA-E was launched in 2009 to seek out transformational, breakthrough technologies that are too risky for private-sector investment but have the potential to translate science in energy technology. more here

$1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in Nevada

Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job. more here

Report says warnings ignored in Solyndra loan

“Solyndra was a mistake that would have been much smaller if, in fact, career professionals had not been overruled,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Committee, which had held hearings on the Solyndra case. more here

Drowning in Natural Gas

With almost 300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas sitting in wait, North-American gas prices will struggle for years to come. Every time prices start to climb, another company will grab the opportunity to complete some of its production-ready wells, and the added production will push prices back down again. more here

Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012

Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States more here

Scheme to spray artificial ‘planet-cooling’ sulfur particles into atmosphere

Geo-engineers are finally coming out of the “chemtrail” closet, as reports are now emerging about deliberate plans in the works to dump untold tons of sulfate chemicals into the atmosphere for the purported purpose of fighting so-called “global warming.” more here

‘Electric City’ Glorifies Green Fascism

Regardless of the widely acknowledged absurdities of the globalist ideal from decades ago, Green Religion has not subsided. Though their rhetoric has grown much more complex and subversive over time, their choice of mediums remains largely the same. more here

Forget the Navy’s $26 a Gallon, the Air Force Paid $59 for Biofuel

Little note was taken when last month the US Air Force spent $59 a gallon on biofuels to prove that alternative fuels can be used in its military aircraft; once the small price difference issue has been addressed – petrol trades at about $3.60 a gallon. more here

Las Vegas solar plant closed after 14 months of heavy federal subsidies

The Amonix solar manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, heavily financed under an Obama administration energy initiative, has closed its 214,000-square-foot facility 14 months after it opened. more here

Chevy Volt Makes NO Money, Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Per Car

According to multiple GM executives there is little or no profit being made on each Volt built at a present cost of around $40,000. Furthermore, the $700 million of development that went into the car has to be recouped. more here

Energy Dept. ‘Unable to Locate’ $500,000 in Equipment Bought With Stimulus Money

An audit conducted by the Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General proved “unable to locate” $500,000 worth of equipment purchased with stimulus money by a recipient of funds distributed through the department’s “Advanced Batteries and Hybrid Components Program” more here

Lights go dim on another energy project

A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee, which received hearty endorsements from Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, faces financial problems  and the company’s auditors have questioned whether it can stay in business. more here

General Motors sells 8,800 VOLTS, abandons forecast of 45,000…

GM has been forced to idle the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant for two stretches this year because of low demand. more here    Meanwhile…GM shares near record low, taxpayer loss on bailout rises to $35 billion.  more here

“Green Fleet” sails, meets stiff headwinds in Congress

USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel to power cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets with the fuel’s $26-a-gallon price, compared to $3.60 for conventional fuel. more here

Solar firm that got DOE loan to declare bankruptcy

“Our government is not good at picking winners and losers in the marketplace but has certainly proved it is good at wasting taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of a House oversight committee on stimulus spending. more here

EPA blasted for requiring oil refiners to add type of fuel that’s merely hypothetical

Federal regulations can be maddening, but none more so than a current one that demands oil refiners use millions of gallons of a substance, cellulosic ethanol, that does not exist. more here

Christ Turns ‘Green’ at U.N. Earth Summit — Literally

Environmental organizations who embrace a twisted Pagan concept when they talk of their new, green religion , Gaia, or Mother Earth, have thrown their agenda into the mainstream of religious beliefs world-wide in hoping people will “accept” their propaganda as a “holy dictate”. more here

Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs — $9.8 Million Per Job

Combined (910 + 4,600 = 5,510), the direct and indirect jobs cost, on average, about $1.63 million each to produce. more here

Film tells truth about hydraulic fracturing

A special screening of Truthland was held in Columbus, Ohio that counters claims by the anti-hydraulic fracturing film Gasland, the most notable of which involves a man lighting his tap water on fire and blaming it on hydraulic fracturing and shale development. more here

Man accused of selling bogus energy credits

Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Maryland of selling $9.1 million in renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. more here

U.S. Government blocks sales of fuel-efficient cars

There are already vehicles on the road – nice vehicles, not bread boxes with weed-eater motors on wheels – that get better than 70 miles to a gallon of diesel fuel. Only, you can’t buy one here in the United States. more here

Keystone Fallout: Canada Building Pipelines to Sell Oil to China

While the United States would remain Canada’s “most important customer,” billions of barrels of oil that would have been refined and used in the United States are now poised to head elsewhere. more here

California Torn Over How to Spend Cap-and-Trade Riches

By 2020, cap and trade could bring nearly $8 billion in annual proceeds to California. So far the state has only established vague guidelines for how those proceeds should be spent. more here

Bank of America Pledges $50 Billion to Combat Climate Change

Bank of America will focus on promoting energy efficiency; renewable energy, including wind, solar and hydropower; lower-carbon transportation like electric and hybrid vehicles; and water and waste treatment and disposal initiatives. more here  But wait there’s more got a $45 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis!

Land of the LOST

This confiscatory act of environmental justice would siphon billions, if not trillions, away from Americans. more here

IBD: Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

Agenda 21 is intended to foster what environmentalists call “sustainable development” in the belief that man since the Industrial Revolution has been a plague on the planet more here

Rising demand for wind turbines and electric vehicles could strain supplies of some rare earth metals

The supply of some elements — currently imported almost exclusively from China — could face significant shortages in coming years, the research found. more here

EPA Official Admits to Plan to Destroy the Coal Industry in America

A top EPA official discussed the plan to destroy the coal industry at a recent Yale University gathering of environmentalists. more here

UN Creates New, More Powerful Global Environmental Agency

The business of climate change is expected to be quite lucrative for those successful at convincing authoritative bodies that these technologies must be purchased by their nation and mandated for use by their citizens. more here

Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal

“The Energy Department’s inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations” related to the department’s green-energy programs. more here

Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt. more here

The wheels are coming off the wind energy gravy train

Financial Times concluded that the “US renewables boom could turn into a bust,” the enthusiasm for renewables “could fizzle out,” the US wind industry is stalling and “may go into reverse,” and “governments all over the world have been curbing support for renewable energy”. more here

Chinese Government Buying Up U.S. Oil & Gas Deposits Worth Billions Of Dollars

If we are trying to become independent of foreign oil, then why is the Obama administration allowing the Chinese government to buy up U.S. oil and gas deposits worth billions of dollars? more here

WWF Calls For Global Poverty To Save The Planet

Extremist green campaigning group WWF – endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency – has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world’s wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race’s energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now. more here

Saving the planet by crucifying the incompliant

Obama has, in fact, done everything possible to discourage more sources, from halting new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, stifling offshore drilling in Alaska, and stopping the Keystone pipeline from Canada. Meanwhile, billions of taxpayer dollars flow to solar and wind company owners, who gratefully donate to the president’s re-election campaign before declaring bankruptcy. more here

Debunking the Greenhouse Gas Theory in Three Simple Steps

A group of international scientists find that carbon dioxide is a coolant, the calculations in the greenhouse gas theory are wrong and humans are not killing the planet.. more here

‘Green’ Schemes Make Energy Cost More

“All the government can do is subsidize some industries while jacking up costs for others,” writes Green. “It is destroying jobs in the conventional energy sector — and most likely in other industrial sectors — through taxes and subsidies to new green companies that will use taxpayer dollars to undercut the competition. more here

10 Theses of Contention on the Power and Efficacy of “Anthropogenic Global Warming” Theory

It is folly to use the term “climate change” as the climate has eternally been in a state of natural change, where even a child can recognize the four seasons. more here

Wind farms can cause climate change, finds new study

Satellite data over a large area in Texas, that is now covered by four of the world’s largest wind farms, found that over a decade the local temperature went up by almost 1C as more turbines are built. more here

Energy-saving Bulb Dangers

The news in our quest to be better stewards of our planet is not all good. These CFLs have a small electronic ballast in their base. There is a fire hazard associated with these ballasts, but that is a conversation for another day. Let’s talk about another danger posed by these “green” lamps: mercury exposure and poisoning.*Warning:Graphic Images* more here

ROSA KOIRE: Author and Activist, “Behind the Green Mask”

Rosa identifies herself as a liberal Democrat. But as she said, as someone who thought she was an environmentalist, “our movement has been hijacked.” more here

Chernobyl in Fukushima’s shadow – nuclear energy today and in the future

The economics and technology behind nuclear power are hardly transparent, and therefore unattractive for private investors. If the decision to build or not build a nuclear power plant hinges on the support of the government, that can only mean that the risks get transferred to the wallets of consumers and taxpayers. more here

Gaia scientist Lovelock: “I was WRONG and alarmist on climate”

“The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened”  more here

The winds of change

To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy, despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach one half a per cent worldwide. more here

EPA Official’s ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ – Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies – just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience. more here  NEW> EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments

Geothermal: Energy Right Under Our Feet

One of the country’s foremost geothermal authorities, David Blackwell of Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Lab, explained, “It’s actually so big, it shows up on the maps we make of the United States as this big bullseye of heat.” more here

Earth Day Special: The Media’s Top 25 Worst Environmental Quotes

Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day and for 25 of those years the MRC has documented the media’s role in advancing the green agenda. more here

Green for Green: Taxpayers Fork Out For Algae Fuel

Over $21.7 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money has already been awarded to one particular company, Solazyme, in order to continue working on converting algae into fuel. more here

10 Facts About America’s Energy Resources That Will Blow Your Mind

The United States is not running out of oil. In fact, nobody on the entire globe has more energy resources than the United States does. more here

Obama Invests $5 Million In Bullshit Energy

Just when we thought we had seen the epic failure of every single possible “alternative energy” project by this administration, along comes the announcement that the USDA is investing $5 million in a “biogas anaerobic digester” that will use “cow manure to heat an ethanol plant and create 15 permanent jobs.”more here


2 responses to “Renewables in Perspective

  1. Kelly Biese 03/05/2012 at 12:25 am

    I live in Lima but my family lives in a small Wisconsin town that just successfully fought to ban turbines in their community. It has, however, divided the town, very similar to the documentary you are showing. It is an ongoing battle, with those in favor of the turbines working to bring another company in. People in nearby towns have had to abandon their homes due to health problems from the turbines there. They have even offered their house to anyone who wants to come stay and experience the effects of the turbines first-hand. If any of you have an interest in talking with anyone from that area I would be happy to put you in contact with them.
    I hope to attend one of the film screenings you are offering.

    • Mary Kay 06/04/2012 at 2:06 pm

      Kelly – Thanks so much for your comments. I live in the Delphos community and have been told they are coming to our area. I am opposed and very concerned about this project. Would it be possible for you to write a letter to the editor in the Delphos Herald voicing your concerns. I am trying to inform the landowners of the many concerns. Anxiously waiting to hear from you. Thank you!

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