Feb 5, 201611:35 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Going Green Acres with envy, campaign cash, and green religion
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Editor's note: This blog post has been edited from its original version.
Readers of the February 2016 In Business magazine may have been startled to read the claim of my debate partner in the popular Political Posturing feature (Page 8) that “Germany, the fifth-largest manufacturing economy in the world, supplies up to 78% of its power from renewable energy on any given day.”
Startled? Your Humble Bloggeur was gobsmacked! Europe’s largest economy gets 78% of its power from renewable energy? Perhaps it depends on the “given day.” (Leap year?)
The white lab coats at the Policy Research Werkes could not replicate any scenario in which the blast furnaces of the ThyssenKrupp AG werkes could be powered by solar panels. (Unless the solar panels were atop and supplementing a honking big nuclear power plant.) Our Eisenhower-era mainframe computer determined that the wind turbines needed to operate the automobile plants of Stuttgart, Munich, and Wolfsburg would need to cover the entirety of Belgium. Add Luxembourg to run the night shift.
According to the German government’s own Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy:
As of the end of 2014, renewable energy sources, such as biomass, biogas, biofuels, hydro, wind, and solar, accounted for 11.1% of the country’s primary energy consumption.
That’s 11.1%, not 78%.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s PSC estimates that the Obama rule will cost our state $13 billion and 20,000 jobs. Doesn’t matter that we got a head start by spending $11 billion on clean coal — the reduction is from present levels.
While clean-air Wisconsin, an early adapter, is under the federal gun, particulate levels in China are more than 50 times that recommended by the World Health Organization.
For all that, the much ballyhooed climate accord hammered out in Paris late last year is voluntary.
Donald Trump was right to say that the U.S. can’t negotiate a decent treaty anymore.