The truth about renewable energy

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Good morning!

In Trayvon’s case, we got a steady and monumentally depressing example of how the mainstream media shamelessly creates its own narrative and misrepresents it as reality.

They call it news and it ain’t just FOX that’s doing it.

We should not be surprised to discover that it’s doing the same thing with renewable energy.

Here’s Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute debunking the mainstream media’s narrative about renewable energy in National Geographic.

Yet a myth persists that countries lose more jobs then they gain when they transition to renewables. This upside-down fantasy rests largely on a 2009 study from King Juan Carlos University in Spain, by an economist reportedly tied to ExxonMobil, the Heartland Institute, and the Koch brothers. His study asserted that, on average, every renewable energy job in Spain destroys 2.2 jobs in the broader Spanish economy. This story was picked up by news media around the world and is still promoted by U.S. anti-renewables groups. But its methodology and assumptions were promptly demolished by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Spanish government, among others. A 2012 report for the International Labour Organization (ILO) even cites Spain, which built a renewable export industry, as a counterexample: “The green economy presents a good opportunity to increase competitiveness, promote the creation of quality employment and reduce the economy’s environmental impact,” says Joaquín Nieto, who heads the ILO Office in Madrid, especially “when Spain needs to kick-start its economy.” Sure enough, despite new electricity taxes and a halt to subsidies for new renewable projects, Spain’s latest solar projects continue to be built to compete without subsidy. (See related “Pictures: Spanish Solar Energy.”)

The disinformation campaign about job creation is not limited to Europe. A Cato Institute article claimed that if people believe a commitment to renewables will fuel job growth “we’re in a lot of trouble.” Yet in 2012 alone, more than 110,000 new U.S. clean-energy direct jobs were created, and in 2010, the U.S. had more jobs in the “clean economy” than in the fossil-fuel industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that direct employment in May 2012 totaled 181,580 for oil and gas extraction, 87,520 for coal mining, and 93,200 for iron and steel production. BLS doesn’t similarly classify solar or wind jobs, but reputable analysts have determined from bottom-up industry surveys that in September 2012, for example, the U.S. had 119,016 direct solar jobs (89 percent full-time, the rest at least half-time), up 27 percent in two years—more than in steel-making or coal-mining. Had you heard that before? Why not? (See related, “Mojave Mirrors: World’s Largest Solar Plant Ready to Shine.”)

The simple truth is we have to switch to using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels and nuclear energy because fossil fuels are destroying our environment and we do not have a solution to the nuclear-waste problem.

BIG money does not want to change because it does not own the sun, wind and waves.

To educate others, we must first educate ourselves and one of the best places to start that process is to become knowledgeable about renewable energy and develop economic strategies to break the chains that enslave us to fossil fuels and nuclear power.

If We the People reduce our carbon footprint and energy consumption, we can effectively attack the soft underbelly of the fossil and nuclear energy corporations.

Hit them in the pocketbook instead of taking on their armies in the streets.


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46 Responses to The truth about renewable energy

  1. Lonnie Starr says:

    The thing that Tesla was working on, that infuriated J.P. Morgan was, Tesla was trying to bring unlimited electrical power from the ionosphere to people for free. J.P. Morgan’s short sightedness focused on the money he was making from financing, building and owning electrical generating stations, instead of how much richer a really robust economy would have made his financial empire.

  2. Deborah Moore says:

    For those who haven’t seen this:
    Fulton, Crump and Jealous on Meet the Press

  3. crazy1946 says:

    Hopefully today is the day that I cease to be a “single mother” the kids “real” mother is due home today! Did I enjoy having the kids stay with me, yes, but as an old guy, I really have missed the “me” time that I had to sacrifice for the benefit of them. Ok, enough about me, and to the question that I was seeking the answer to. About a year (or so?) the Professor changed the direction of his blog from general discussion to what he, at that time, described as an on-line law school to teach us in an ongoing fashion about the laws of the land. Does anyone remember the date of that post? My slow connect speed causes it to take about 15 minutes per article to load and there fore impossible (almost) to research this from here. I guess if it is necessary to go to town to do this I can, but with the price of gas, it is a pain in the posterior…. Thanks in advance….

    • Deborah Moore says:

      I think you’re a really nice person for helping out your friend, the “real” mother. You shall be rewarded.

      • crazy1946 says:

        Well, the kids mother came (a little late) and picked up the kids! She is really not what I would call a friend, only a neighbor who’s kids are rather neglected and eat breakfast and dinner at my house most days… I agreed to keep the kids only because she would have left them at home by them selves, and did not want that to happen… I know, I’m a sucker, but the kids are good when they are with me, so I can’t complain about them… Now, for a while I have my little rock to myself, I can drink my coffee in here with my computer, I can leave the TV off and have quiet in the house, and my four legged child can come back out of hiding… Now, I think that a vacation for me is in order. Maybe I’ll go to Sanford Florida and see the sights???? I still have not found the article where the Professor changed the site to a law school (sorta) for us to learn about the laws… Darn, it’s a pain living out in the middle of no where… but I could never make it in the big city…. too many people, too crowded, and too noisy!

  4. ay2z says:

    Key to an energy efficient car is gettin’ the weight down. Give up speed to make vehicle more efficient.

  5. ay2z says:

    Always thinkin’: The hybrid car

  6. ay2z says:

    This may not boost the thesis of the article, but this is unquestionably by Mr. ‘GREEN’ himself. with his all recycled, free energy electric truck. (almost free)

  7. Deborah Moore says:

    Trains! I love trains. Thanks, Aussie for pointing out what we know but ignore.
    I live on a hill and so riding a bike down to the store is doable, but how to get back Up the hill?
    I try as hard as I can to keep my footprint as slight as possible.
    I have to add the beloved Dr. Seuss line,
    Would you, could you, on a train.
    (Well yeah, but it’s our little secret.)

  8. aussie says:

    Originally, local people would form companies to generate local electricity. As their areas expanded and touched, amalgamation made sense. So THE GRID was born.

    It was more effective to build fewer but bigger power plants. And better for the thousands of communities that didn’t have to have a coal-fired plant right next door. And meant local outages or excess demand could be met from elsewhere.

    But now? a full half of all electricity generated gets used on generation or just wasted in transmission, a lot being lost due to the great length of cables it has to travel along.

    Solar doesn’t work at night, wind doesn’t work when it’s quiet (or in gales), not everywhere is suitable for thermal or tidal. So far there has been no substitute found for always-available base load power. But the big companies don’t want to have to provide that, and the distribution grid, when the “easy” profitable parts are being locally or home generated. They are in fact working on geothermal and wind farms which have to be too big for small local ownership. .

    They don’t like solar unless you’re selling back to them: this saves them a small amount of production and they pay very low for it.

    But everything is geared towards still running on 110/240. People who generate their own power with solar could be using a lot of it as 12 volts DC, which is how it is produced, saving the cost of converting to AC. There are excellent LED 12 volt lamps available now, all lighting at least could be 12 volt DC and then you’d manage comfortably on a few batteries and leave out the middleman. And no more blackouts!!!

    Currently your panels generate low voltage DC, it is converted to high voltage AC and sold to the power company. At night they then sell you back AC at a much higher price. You then plug in a converter to get 3 or 6 or 12 volts DC to charge your phone, iPod, laptop etc. Going around in circles.

    The stupidest idea is the ELECTRIC CAR. All it does is push the fossil fuel usage and pollution from your exhaust pipe to some distant power station. HYBRIDS are a good idea. They use a tiny bit of fossil fuel under heavy load, generating power for their lighter duty cycles for no extra cost. Nothing to stop them making bigger vehicles hybrids, either, after all most TRAINS are hybrid — diesel electric.

  9. bettykath says: has a series on propaganda by guest blogger Gene Howlington. Use the search feature (near the top, right side) for propaganda or Gene Howlington.

  10. J4TMinATL says:

    Saw a dude on Fox complaining that Obama put solar panels on White House…

    What an idiot. Nothing but idiots on Fox.

  11. Two sides to a story says:

    The matrix is fossil fuels . . . 3 parts

  12. colin black says:

    Sorry to keep harping on or ranting even.

    But install a windmill in you property./turbine

    Use it to charge up the electric to run an air compresser .

    Buy an air powered car no pollution only fresh air.?


    Then you compress two ten litre tanks of compressed air an of you drive 400 k

    Carry a spare tank that 600 k

    This isn’t new tech we had this tech before gasoline/petrol

    Steam an air compressed engines were used in late I800

    Steam Engines powered the Industrial revelution not petro chemical pollutans an oil is hard to obtain in non sustainable an pollluteing an poising the environment for our children an there childrens children .

    Our legacy to history is to selfishly destoy the environment for our needs an dam the consiquincies.

    When there are alternatives have always been alternatives but the P T B.

    Not free accesable energy cheap that would put every country on a even footing.

    No oil barons no petro chemicals plastics that contain cancer cause ing agents

    Wich bosts there other big earner pharmacuticals

    Its realy that simple cause mayhem keep most of the planet empovrished sencourage coos civil wars.

    Also hare race hate religion hateing another they don’t care as long as we are fighting an hateing on each other.

    The elite sit back an coin it through munitions diseases the cures the oil an mineing companys decimate the sea an land an they love it.

    They own the insurance the stocks an bonds .

    Own the clean up fleets an the rights to manufacture thar bio foam the spray to attempt to contain spills.

    But the bio foam breaks the oil down an helps it leach into the fish an there food aa
    An even the planctonn get coated with this distilled dispersed broken down oil

    When all along we could have been floating about in safe giant dirgibles an driving cars running on air collected by a wind turbine all for free.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Really neat!

    • aussie says:

      I don’t see these catching on a a highly mobile, long-distance country like the USA where heaps of city people drive TRUCKS (SUV’s) for the fun of it.

      No new type will catch on unless it fits 5 or 6 people and a fair bit of junk (luggage, shopping, sporting gear) and go 3-500 miles on one fill, whatever it is you’re filling it with. At a price the average ordinary person can afford.

      These, like the all-electric car, will always use fossil fuel to make the power to compress the air, and when they charge you for the filling you’ll know air is NOT FREE. Fill at home? still costing you for the power.

      And they’re hybrids. On the highway they’d be running on gas all the way. I’d rather a hybrid that makes electricity which IS free as your own car makes it as a sideline to taking you somewhere….. exactly the same as all cars do today, only they don’t have the motors to use it when the power of a fuel engine is not needed.

      • Two sides to a story says:

        It’s all many city dwellers need for daily short commutes . They can rent vehicles or use mass transit for holiday trips, etc.

    • Girlp says:

      Great, however everybody should worry about me driving with a joy stick…Watch out!

  13. crazy1946 says:

    Off topic, The link above is about De’Marquise Elkins the 17 year old (now 18) accused of murdering a baby in his stroller and wounding the mother of the child. I’m torn on this one, while I have a strong mistrust of the police in Brunswick, Ga. (might as well be in Florida) there is a lot of evidence against Elkins that seems to be true. His accomplice in the crime is testifying against him, the weapon was found and linked to him. However the parents of the child did have some gun powder residue on their hands, however it is not as much as would have normally been present from shooting a weapon. The mother, according to her estranged daughter, seemed more concerned about collecting insurance than the loss of the child. This is one we really need to spend a little time looking at. Is Elkins guilty? If you don’t think he is, why not?

  14. cielo62 says:

    I subversively teach my students about renewable energy. I’ve done it for at least the last ten years. Theres a great History Channel series called Modern Marvels. They do an awesome explanation on renewable energy. Last year, we managed to charge a dead iPod with fruit and a few wires!! Boom-di-ada, I love renewable energy!

  15. looneydoone says:

    How about another ? enhanced geo-thermal
    There’s a 35k year supply 2km (1.6 miles) below the earth’s crust
    I’ve been looking around and found
    The largest geo thermal energy plant in operation is Cerro Prieto near Mexicali, Mexico. However, geo-thermal electric generation is being used around the world on a smaller scale.

    Where I reside, electric power is generated through a mix of geo-thermal, natural gas, solar and wind turbines…average bi-monthly billing is $34 US

  16. ay2z says:

    Another option to the pocketbook– revisiting the famous ‘Chicken Cannon’!

    • ay2z says:

      How did he get in here!??!?!

      Chicken Cannon must have misfired….

      Reload please. (each week Air Farce had suggestions from viewers as to who from the current news events, should be nominated. This suggestion came from a viewer in Seattle, Washington….. Fred??? Fred???? 😉 just kidding….)

  17. Two sides to a story says:

    Energy and economics are two of the most lied-about and misrepresented topics in the media. For some real talk about what’s really going on you have to go online and visit blogs like this one.

  18. ay2z says:

    OPEC Meeting, the leaders are forced to make personal sacrifices with the dropping oil prices.

    (three cheers for the North American Consumer!. Maybe Fred has something there, hit them where it hurts, with the renewable energy options)

  19. Good afternoon, everyone. Yep, the technology is there but the rewards of renewable energy would not reap the kind of profits that big oil companies instigate wars to obtain.

    But here’s a clip of George Carlin on the environment:

  20. Trained Observer says:

    Fogen goes on a job interview — to nowhere in particular.,33516/?utm

    • ay2z says:

      can feel my eyes begin to water already at that peeling onion.

      Maybe he’s applying to manage a new branch of Blackwater with the other thugs, murderers, torturers of their own people who were heading up the torture cells of Blackwater for Bush, from countries like El Salvador, like Nigeria, like Syria.

      • Trained Observer says:

        Could be!
        I’d like to see him working for a pittance in a West Virginia coal mine, another day older, deeper in debt, and risking black lung.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      I have an idea. Fogen, vampire slayer.

  21. ay2z says:

    OT, or on it’s own topic of justice for Trayvon, THIS a demonstration of a form of ‘renewable energy’!

    Prof, feel free to move this to a better location.

    The video is hard to watch without dramamine, but the message is clear, black guy and white guy dedicate a song to Trayvon, the crowd cheers and participates)

    (story on OS today, but they have no video up yet so found this)

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