American Elephants


Wind and Solar Simply Do Not Work As Dependable Power Sources. They Require 24/7 Backup from a Conventional Power Source. by The Elephant's Child

For more information of the accomplishments of the Obama administration in the area of climate, do enter “Solyndra” in the space over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar. Major scandal for the Obama administration.

Or enter “The Shepherds Flat Wind Project” by Robert Bryce, energy expert at the Manhattan Institute. It was the world’s largest wind farm, located about halfway between The Dalles and Pendleton in Oregon just south of the Columbia river. Bryce wrote:

Shepherds Flat is the world’s largest wind farm, about halfway between The Dalles and Pendleton in Oregon, south of the Columbia River. Interestingly, what energy is produced goes not to Oregon, but to Southern California which is always hungry for Northwest power. The Obama administration’s loan guarantee for Solyndra got lots of attention, but Shepherds Flat is an even better example of corporate welfare, and a huge drain on taxpayer funds when the economy is in the tank. The Oregonian newspaper has launched an investigation about the federal Energy Department’s loan-guarantee program and the state of Oregon’s decision to award a total of $30 million to the project — “frosting on a multilayered cake of federal, state and local subsidies.”  Reporter Ted Sickinger said “Its developers gorged themselves on hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers, and government officials were well aware it was over-subsidized.”

Oregon is oversupplied with green activists, so the Shepherds Flat project added luster to Oregon’s green ambitions. Sickinger added “Though its renewable energy credits flow to California, it generates lots of clean power. Politicians can point to property taxes and community service fees for rural counties, big lease payments for a handful of landowners and 45 permanent jobs.”

The Oregon Department of Energy ignored its own rules, legislators’ intent and taxpayers’ interest in reaffirming its decision to define Shepherds Flat wind farm as three separate facilities and provide its owners three separate $10 million tax credits.

Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant. It’s what you exhale every time you breathe, and it is fertilizer for plants. which, in turn, release oxygen. The earth is greening to such an extent that it can be seen from space. And a lot of hungry people are getting fed. That’s a very good thing.

Wind and Solar energy sound wonderful, but they just don’t work. The wind does not blow steadily, but only intermittently. It requires 24/7 backup from a conventional power source. Solar energy is too diffuse. The sun sinks beneath the horizon every night, and is useless when there are too many clouds. They simply cannot produce the energy required by a modern civilization. It has nothing whatsoever to do with plastic straws, eating meat, or for that matter keeping a herd on the back 40. Fracking is a technique that has allowed us to become the world’s leading oil exporter. Power may seem irrelevant when you are in a large television studio, but not funny when you are in the hospital and the power fails. It is not wind or solar that provides the emergency backup.

One of the dependable sources of clean energy is nuclear power. The Democrats are too scared of it, because the Russians had one that blew up, and the Japanese had one that was ruined in a tsunami.  Californian’s on the other hand are trying to keep their Diablo Canyon nuclear plant going to the dismay of ill-informed Democrats.

The Obama administration wanted acclaim for it’s environmental efforts, but they mostly turned sour. The Solyndra scandal was a very bad one. But they apparently were not as worried about Climate Change and rising seas. The Obamas have just purchased a $15 million waterfront home in Martha’s Vineyard. Funny. When Al Gore made a lot of money on his Climate Change movie, he bought a waterfront home in San Francisco. If they waited until the prospective rising seas rose a little uncomfortably, the price would have dropped a whole bunch.


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