In honor of Margaret Thatcher’s memory, favorite quotes from the Iron Lady have popped up everywhere. This one came across my Facebook newsfeed: “Global warming ‘provides a marvelous excuse for worldwide, supra-national socialism.’”
The hundreds of comments the quote received covered sentiments ranging from hostility to adoration. A couple accused Thatcher of launching the entire global warming hoax to end a coal-miners’ strike. Another cited an earlier Thatcher quote: “The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices.” CFACT, the poster of the comment, responded: “Thatcher evolved. Millions have joined her.” […]
Richard Courtney, a consultant on matters concerning energy and the environment who has served as an expert peer reviewer for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, calls the global warming issue “political.” He says: “Each government has its own special interests in global warming but, in all cases, the motives relate to economic policies.”
Whatever the motive, Europe has led the way on renewable energy—especially wind and solar. Germany, has garnered a reputation as the country to follow when it comes to green energy. Having passed the renewable energy law in 1991, Germany has poured huge subsidies into wind and solar power. Twenty-two percent of Germany’s power is now generated with renewables that are “guaranteed more-than competitive rates.” Power companies are passing the costs on to consumers in the form of higher rates.
Germany’s record is held up as a shining example. After all, if Germany can get nearly a quarter of its electricity from renewables, why can’t the US do the same? Germany’s record does sound admirable if one doesn’t know the whole story.
Post-Fukushima, Germany announced the closure of eight of its 17 nuclear power plants, with the remaining 9 to be closed within the next decade. To replace the 17 power plants, it was announced that Germany would build or revamp 84 power plants—more than half would be fossil-fuel-powered, including 17 coal-fueled. This winter, energy costs in Germany were so high that its residents were literally cutting down trees in city parks and stripping the forests in order to heat their homes.
The tree thefts are just one of the bizarre consequences of the EU’s adoption of the climate change narrative. One of the newest revelations, reported by The Economist, is: “By far the largest so-called renewable fuel used in Europe is wood”—which it calls “the fuel of the future.”
The Economist reports that nearly half of Europe’s renewable energy comes from “biomass,” while in some countries—like Poland and Finland—“wood meets more than 80% of renewable energy demand.”
Apparently, wood was included as a renewable that would help cut CO2 emissions—the supposed driver of climate change—because if the wood came from “properly managed forests, then the carbon that billows out of the chimney can be offset by the carbon that is captured and stored in newly planted trees.” As a result of the decision to allow wood to qualify for the “renewable” mandate, its usage has “soared.” In fact, wood has saved coal-fueled power plants that would have been shut down because the plants can be “adapted to burn a mixture of 90% coal and 10% wood with little new investment”—making it popular with power companies. Unlike expensive forests of wind turbines that require new, expensive, transmission lines, the coal-fueled power plants are already connected to the grid.
Europe’s energy policy ends up helping the economies of Canada and the US—both of which didn’t jump into “renewables,” as the EU did. Europe doesn’t have enough wood to meet demand, so much of it will come from imports—which has created a booming new business in North America. Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, calls it “an industry invented from nothing.”
see also: Christopher Booker – Verba non sap