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Green Energy MythsErsun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter
Oregon citizens and especially Oregon politicians need to get wise to these “green” energy scams, and realize that the policies are being promoted by the National Parties.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - “Green” energy, “renewable” energy, and other buzz words are all the rage in national politics. The obsession of rich urban elitists with pretending that their lifestyles are not massively destructive to the environment gets passed down to the rest of us in the form of ridiculous sermons about reducing energy consumption, and boondoggle white elephant investments in high tech junk, all on the tax payer’s tab.
Politicians in Oregon are all too quick to jump on the bandwagon being led by the National Parties they represent. Uninformed and misinformed voters are all too quick to lap up feel good buzz words without ever bothering to engage in a fact based rational analysis of the policies being proposed.
As a result, we have State (tax payer) money in the tens of millions being dumped into one dubious scam after another. $1.2 billion over 10 years according to KATU)
Ethanol in our gasoline, wind mills littered all over our pristine landscapes, millions spent on researching “wave energy,” and worst of all, the attempt to impose a “cap-and-trade” taxation system on all sources of CO2 emissions (read: every moving thing in our economy, including people).
Is there a global warming crisis? Debate all you want, but one thing is for sure: Oregon is not responsible for it, and Oregon has no part in it.
Fact: In 2005 72% of Oregon’s electricity came from CO2 emissions free generation, primarily hydro power. (Electric Power and Renewable Energy in Oregon - Oregon Energy Dept.)
Fact: Due to the necessity of maintaining electrical capacity that can fluctuate with demand, it is practically impossible to increase Oregon’s reliance on non-fossil fuel resources.
Coal and gas fired plants are the only options for generating quick power on demand when hydro power is insufficient, and so we will always need them as part of our electricity mix. Wind power is a complete waste of money, because the power it provides is so sporadic that it is effectively useless as a component of our State’s current electrical generation system.
Essentially, every penny being spent on wind power, wave power, biomass, and ethanol is money being thrown away.
More importantly, that money, which will never produce any net energy, is being spent on manufacturing garbage using existing energy resources.
If politicians are really concerned about CO2 emissions, then they should stop using the taxpayers' money to buy useless junk that requires burning fossil fuels to manufacture.
While we are on the subject of Quixotic wind mill adventures, it should be pointed out that this middle ages technology is not exactly “green” or “environmentally friendly.”
Undisturbed landscape has a natural beauty that is just as much a part of the environment as any animal or plant. In the name of the environment, these idiots have destroyed hundreds of miles of the Columbia George, one of the most beautiful parts of our State.
Once all of these dummy front companies, which were set up to scam tax payer money, end up going bankrupt, then the taxpayer is going to have to pay again to clean up all the industrial waste left in the Columbia George, and return it to its natural state of beauty.
How can I say that?
Just take a look at the Ethanol boondoggle, and the bankrupt companies that got tens of millions of dollars from Oregon to build ethanol plants that have never been operated.
Corn based ethanol is another really great “environmentally friendly” “green” energy.
Sure, it requires more energy and CO2 emissions to produce than gasoline.
Sure, it reduces gas mileage so that you have to consume more of it than gasoline. Sure, it is more expensive than gasoline.
Sure, it destroys engines and imposes massive hidden costs in the form of damaged equipment on vehicle owners. Sure, it is made of food that could be feeding people in a hungry world.
Sure, our agricultural system is stretched to its limits and unsustainable as it is, without pushing it even harder to grow fuel.
But ethanol is “green!” And somebody printed a really nice brochure to tell you about how “green” it is, so it must be good.
Both wind power and ethanol, the only two “green” energy sources to actually come online, both produce more CO2 emissions than existing alternatives per unit of net energy yielded.
A study conducted by Princeton and published in Science Magazine projected that ethanol usage would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 93% compared to using gasoline over 30 years. (Reported by USA Today: usatoday.com - Study: Ethanol may add to global warming)
Wind energy is relatively low emissions, but the key problem is usability. Wind blows when it wants to, and so most of the energy generated by wind mills is useless in a society that demands instant electricity in unlimited supplies. As it is, wind mills always have to be offset with other generation systems, such as hydro, coal, and gas, which means building a mass of excess generation capacity and only running half of it at time.
All of Oregon’s “green power” nonsense is only increasing our CO2 emissions. But what are those CO2 emissions anyway?
We get over 70% of our electricity from non-emitting generation; our State is covered in forests and agricultural land; and we have one of the lowest population densities in the country (39 of 50).
Oregon does not have a CO2 problem! New York, D.C., and all of the other East Coast States have CO2 problems.
The population density in Washington D.C. is 255 times what it is in Oregon. In New York it is 10 times.
Do these States grow their own food? Do they produce their own lumber? Do they sequester all of the CO2 emitted in their electricity production?
We grow their food. We produce their lumber. Our forests and agriculture remove far more CO2 from the atmosphere relative to our emissions than any State on the East Coast.
Consequently, does it make sense for Oregonians to be paying taxes on CO2 emissions or participating in a rigged cap-and-trade system designed to enrich New York banks? With the strongest and most profane emphasis possible: No!
Oregon citizens and especially Oregon politicians need to get wise to these “green” energy scams, and realize that the policies being promoted by the National Parties, which are centered around the interests of big East Coast States, primarily New York, are directly contrary to the interests of Oregon, and totally unsuited to the reality of Oregon.
This is a billion dollar issue when it comes to State budgets, and a multi-billion dollar issue in terms of the passed-on costs to Oregon businesses and consumers.
Energy policy defines the boundaries in which economic growth and prosperity are possible, and if our State continues to get it wrong, we will continue to suffer as a result.
Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter Ersun Warncke is a native Oregonian. He has a degree in Economics from Portland State University and studied Law at University of Oregon. At a young age, his career spans a wide variety of fields, from fast food, to union labor, to computer programming. He has published works concerning economics, business, government, and media on blogs for several years. He currently works as an independent software designer specializing in web based applications, open source software, and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications.
Ersun describes his writing as being "in the language of the boardroom from the perspective of the shop floor." He adds that "he has no education in journalism other than reading Hunter S. Thompson." But along with life comes the real experience that indeed creates quality writers. Right now, every detail that can help the general public get ahead in life financially, is of paramount importance.
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