This is the Result of Politicians, Thinking They are Scientists!…..Disaster!

The physics of a boiling kettle – my question to the commission!

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MY WRITTEN QUESTION TO THE COMMISSION:

“I understand that the Commission proposes to introduce measures to limit the power of electric kettles. Is this the case?

Does the Commission have any grasp of the basic physics of boiling a kettle?

Is the Commission aware that so far as the water itself is concerned, it takes just the same energy to boil a litre of water slowly as to boil it quickly?

Is the Commission aware that in boiling it slowly, over a longer time, more waste heat will be lost to the environment through conduction, convection and radiation?

Does the Commission therefore recognise that this proposal will increase electricity consumption, generate more waste heat, and tend to increase emissions, both of CO2 and water vapour?”

 

Forget the Naysayers, Follow Your Own Instincts!

It’s no coincidence that brilliant creative minds are rarely witnessed. Steve Jobs, Tina Fey, Banksy. Mavericks and renegades — telling their stories, spilling their guts, and divulging themselves for our progress, our enlightenment, and our entertainment. Like us, they feel the heat of failure, defeat, humiliation, and financial ruin, but they do it anyway. They do whatever it takes to put their lives and ideals into their work. They have to. And the world loves them even more for it.

Most folks never have a chance of even knowing the power of their talents and gifts. Others lack the confidence, or possibly ignorance, necessary to share their ideas with the world — afraid to stick their heads out of the foxhole for fear of the potshots from naysayers and hole-pokers. We’re scared, so we stop trusting ourselves. This creates a bad habit — instead of looking inside for an answer, we ask “What do THEY want?”  Thus, we pander. We regurgitate standard, acceptable levels of crap — mediocrity with a laugh track.

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Like individuals, companies are risk averse. It’s in their business plan to be so. The commercial world or the larger society generally accepts greatness only AFTER witnessing it in others. One unique voice airs a beautiful work first, then it becomes socially acceptable. Case in point: Anthony Bourdain’s bestseller Kitchen Confidential was written purely out of love of his craft. His work was an expression of himself. His business model was, literally, “I don’t give a shit.”

Bourdain wrote only for cooks, and thought he would be excommunicated from the restaurant business for it. But, because he told the ugly truth, in his own voice, in his own aggressive style — on his subsequent book tour, he was received by cooks and chefs the world over with the phrase, “You wrote my life, man.”

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We recognize that any truly new idea is met with fear, will never pass “marketing” or the Nielsens or Hollywood or even the Joneses. But the few brave ones, both companies and individuals, who risk comfort and safety for a chance at beauty or being able to move someone — they have a potential to gain so much more. Loyalty, respect, and awe.

And that’s why we must push ourselves to ask the harder question. Not “what do THEY want?”, but “what do WE have to say?” We must do the work of looking inside ourselves to find what is beautiful and tremendous within us and summon the courage to put this out. As James Joyce said, “in the particular lies the universal.”

The meaning of all this is that you, your opinions and intelligence and history matter. But you gotta do the work. To pull from the most personal areas of your life, your opinions, your stories, your experiences — by doing this you create something meaningful not only to yourself but to those who see it. The work, the fear and struggle, the constant worry of whether your gift is good enough, the small critics both inside and out? Fuck ‘em. The world awaits your gift. Isn’t that what life is all about?

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Here is a list of Companies Making Huge Profits, From the Physical, and Financial Fallout, Caused by Wind Turbines

 
 
 
 
CanWEA Members 2014*
 
 
3M Canada Company
 
ABB Inc.
 
Acciona Wind Energy Canada
 
Activa Environnement Inc
 
Aeolis Wind Power Corp.
 
Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
 
Aird & Berlis LLP
 
Airway Services Canada
 
Alberta Wind Energy Corporation
 
Algonquin Power
 
ALL Canada Crane Rental Corp.
 
Alstom Power
 
AltaGas Ltd.
 
Alterra Power Corp.
 
Altus Group
 
AMEC Black & McDonald
 
American Wire Group
 
AMSOIL INC.
 
Anemos Energy Corporation
 
Ascent Solutions Inc.
 
ATCO Power
 
Atlantic Power
 
Automodular Corporation
 
Avanti Wind Systems Inc.
 
Avertex Utility Solutions Inc.
 
Avro Wind Energy Inc.
 
AWS Truepower LLC
 
Barnhart Canada LLC
 
BASF Canada
 
BBA Inc.
 
Bellemare Groupe
 
Benign Energy Canada Inc.
 
Bennett Jones LLP
 
BGB Technology Inc.
 
Black River Wind Ltd.
 
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
 
Blattner Energy Inc.
 
BluEarth Renewables Inc.
 
Boralex Inc.
 
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
 
Borea Construction
 
BowArk Energy Ltd.
 
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
 
Brüel & Kjær Vibro
 
Bullfrog Power Inc.
 
Burndy Canada Inc.
 
BZEE Academy GmbH
 
C.H. Robinson Project Logistics Ltd.
 
Callon Dietz
 
Campbell Scientific (Canada) Corp.
 
CanACRE
 
Canadian Clean Energy Conferences
 
Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association
 
Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
 
Capital City Renewables LLC
 
Capital Power Corp.
 
Capstone Infrastructure
 
Carleton University
 
Carlsun Energy Solutions Inc.
 
Cartier Energie Eolienne Inc.
 
Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
 
Chinodin Wind Power
 
Chinook Power Corp.
 
Clark Wilson LLP
 
Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto
 
CSA International
 
CSS Wind Inc.
 
Curry & Kerlinger LLC
 
Customized Energy Solutions
 
Dale & Lessmann LLP
 
Dentons Canada LLP
 
DESSAU
 
Dialight Corporation
 
Dillon Consulting Ltd.
 
DNV GL
 
DP Energy Ireland Ltd.
 
E.ON Climate & Renewables Ltd.
 
EBC Inc.
 
EchoTrack Inc.
 
EDF EN Canada
 
EDP Renewables Canada Ltd.
 
Elemental Energy Inc.
 
Elevator One
 
Elexco Ltd.
 
EMA Electromechanics
 
Emera Inc.
 
Enbridge Inc.
 
Enel Green Power Canada Inc.
 
ENERCON
 
Enerfin Energy Company of Canada Inc.
 
Enmax Corporation
 
Enterprise Commercial Truck
 
Eolectric Inc.
 
Eon WindElectric Inc.
 
EPTCON / One Line Engineering
 
Ernst & Young
 
ESAC Inc.
 
Essar Steel Algoma
 
Exelon Wind, a Division of Exelon Power
 
F Rohmann
 
Fabrication Delta
 
Firelight Infrastructure Partners
 
Flash Technology
 
Fri-El Green Power
 
Fritz Construction Services Inc.
 
G Seven Generations Ltd.
 
G&W Electric Co.
 
Gamesa Technology Corporation
 
GasTOPS Ltd.
 
Gaz Metro
 
GDF SUEZ Canada Inc.
 
GE Power & Water
 
Gilead Power
 
Golder Associates Ltd.
 
Goldwind USA Inc.
 
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
 
Graham Infrastructure Ltd.
 
Grand Valley Wind Farms Inc.
 
GRANT THORNTON LLP
 
Graybar Energy Ltd.
 
Greengate Power Corporation
 
Greenwind Global Inc
 
Groupe Delom Inc.
 
Groupe Robert
 
H.B. White Canada Corp.
 
Hatch Energy
 
Heenan Blaikie LLP
 
Hemmera
 
Hempel (Canada) Inc.
 
Henkels & McCoy Canada Inc.
 
HGC Engineering
 
Holland College
 
Honeywell Safety Products
 
Horizon Legacy Energy Corp.
 
Hydro One Networks
 
Hydro Quebec Distribution
 
Hytorc Ontario
 
IBI Group
 
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
 
Inspec-Sol Inc.
 
International Tower Lighting LLC
 
Invenergy Canada LLC
 
IPS Trico
 
Jones Group Engineering Ltd.
 
Joss Wind Power Inc.
 
Juwi Wind Canada Ltd.
 
K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd.
 
Knight Piesold
 
KPMG
 
Kruger Energy Inc.
 
Lafarge Canada Inc.
 
Lahave Renewables Inc.
 
Landstar Transportation Logistics
 
Lapp Canada
 
Le Groupe Ohmega Inc.
 
Leader Resources Services Corp.
 
LEITWIND
 
Lethbridge College
 
Lincoln Electric Company of Canada
 
Local Content Assurance Bureau
 
Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd.
 
Mammoet Canada Western Ltd.
 
Manitoba Hydro
 
Manulife Financial
 
Maritime Electric Company Ltd.
 
Marmen Inc.
 
Mastec Renewables Construction, LTD
 
McCann Equipment Ltd.
 
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
 
McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd.
 
Michels Canada
 
Miller Thomson LLP
 
Moloney Electric Inc.
 
Morgan AM&T
 
Mortenson Construction
 
Motion Industries (Canada) Inc.
 
Moventas Ltd.
 
Myshak Crane & Rigging Ltd
 
Nalcor Energy
 
Natural Forces Wind Inc.
 
Natural Resource Solutions Inc.
 
NaturEner Canada Inc.
 
NB Power
 
NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services
 
Neoen North America
 
NextEra Energy Canada Development and Acquisitions, Inc.
 
Niagara Region Wind Corporation
 
Northern Lights College
 
Northland Power Inc.
 
Northwind Solutions
 
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
 
Olympus
 
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
 
ORTECH Consulting Inc.
 
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
 
Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC
 
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
 
PESCA Environnement
 
Power Climber Wind
 
PowerTel Utilities Contractors Ltd.
 
Prowind Canada Inc.
 
PSB Securite
 
R.J. Burnside & Associates Ltd.
 
R360 WIND INC. (A JR Group Company)
 
Rabobank
 
Rankin Construction Inc.
 
Regional Power
 
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.
 
Renewable NRG Systems
 
Rigarus Construction Inc.
 
Rittal Systems Ltd.
 
Rodan Energy Solutions
 
Rombro Solar Energy Inc.
 
Rope Partner Canada, Inc.
 
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Co.
 
Run Energy
 
RWDI
 
S&C Electric Canada Ltd.
 
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.
 
Samuel Son & Co. Ltd.
 
Saskatchewan Research Council
 
SaskPower
 
Saturn Power Inc.
 
Schaeffler Canada Inc.
 
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
 
Schunk Graphite Technology
 
Scotian WindFields
 
Sea Breeze Power Corp.
 
Second Wind Inc.
 
Select Elevator Solutions Inc.
 
Sentrex Wind Services Inc.
 
Sentry Electrical (Canada) Inc.
 
Senvion Canada Inc.
 
SgurrEnergy Ltd.
 
Shell Canada Ltd.
 
Shermco Industries
 
Sherwood Electromotion Inc.
 
Siemens Canada Limited
 
Signal Energy Constructors
 
Sika Canada Inc.
 
SNC-Lavalin Environnement Inc.
 
Solas Energy Consulting Inc.
 
Spirit Pine Energy Corporation
 
SPX Hydraulic Technologies
 
Stantec
 
Stikeman Elliott LLP
 
Stoel Rives LLP
 
Stonebridge Financial Corporation
 
Suncor Energy Services Inc.
 
Surespan Wind Energy Services
 
Sussex Strategy Group
 
Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation
 
Synergy Cables USA Ltd.
 
Synergy Land Services Ltd.
 
TE CONNECTIVITY
 
TEAM-1 Academy
 
TechnoCentre Eolien
 
Technostrobe
 
Telecon Inc.
 
Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.
 
Tetra Tech
 
Thomas & Betts Canada
 
Thunder Bay Port Authority
 
TimberWest Forest Corp.
 
Toronto Hydro Corporation
 
Torys LLP
 
TransAlta Corporation
 
TransCanada Energy Ltd.
 
Tribute Resources Inc.
 
TSP Canada Towers Inc.
 
Tulloch Engineering Inc.
 
TWR Lighting Inc.
 
Ultra Torq Hydraulic Bolting
 
Unirope Ltd.
 
Valard Construction
 
Vestas Canada
 
Virelec Ltd
 
WEB Wind Energy North America Inc.
 
Westburne
 
Williams Form Hardware & Rockbolt
 
Wind Dynamics Inc.
 
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
 
Wind Power Inc.
 
Wind Simplicity Inc.
 
Wind Systems Magazine
 
WindAxis
 
Winergy Drive System Corporation
 
Woodward Inc.
 
wpd Canada
 
WSP Canada Inc.
 
Zephyr North Ltd.
 
 

 

James Delingpole shares a Few “Inconvenient Truths”, About Tom Steyner

TOM STEYER’S EPIC GREEN FAIL: PART II

 
 

Tom Steyer, the fossil-fuel powered hedge funder has suffered further setbacks on his $100 million mission to save the world from ‘global warming’ by destroying the US economy.

He is hoping to raise $50 million from left-wing environmentalist billionaire donors for his NextGen political action committee. But so far, it emerged at a renewable energy conference in Aspen, Colorado this week, he has managed to raise just $7 million.

“He wants to raise $50 million that he can match,” a conference organizer told FOX31 Denver. “Right now, he’s raised about $7 [million].

Steyer is continuing to put a brave face on affairs.

Acknowledging that some donors prefer to give to organizations other than NextGen, Steyer believes activists demanding action on climate change will have an impact on the November election. “The ultimate question will be will we have enough money to run the programs we need to run and the answer is yes,” Steyer said. “Definitely, yes.”

But prospective donors may have decided that Steyer is tainted beyond redemption by a string of recent revelations about his murky financial background. As Breitbart reported last month, a fair chunk of this green evangelist’s fortune came from his hedge fund Farallon Capital’s investments in the coal industry. With help from Steyer’s financing, coal production from Indonesia to China increased annually by 70 million tons – the equivalent, some experts have speculated, of around one melted glacier and thirty drowned baby polar bears per annum.

Though Steyer has since detached himself from his Big Coal financed hedge fund and claims to have seen the light, the suspicion remains that he is rather less interested in saving the planet than he is in lining his own pockets and those of fellow Democrats in the left wing Billionaires Club.

Consider, for example, his mutually beneficial dealings with Nancy Pelosi. Steyer has been a great supporter of the former House speaker, financially and politically. By strange coincidence, Steyer’s business projects have been boosted by around $1 billion in government aid, much of it announced by Pelosi herself.

In 2004, reports Free Beacon,  Steyer’s Farallon Capital bought two million feet of commercial real estate in the Mission Bay area. At the time, according to the San Francisco Business Times, it was “decrepit and seemingly abandoned.”

But, reports the Daily Signal, with the help of fairy godmother Pelosi this soon changed. She waved her wand (made of yew, it is rumoured, like Lord Voldemort’s) and showered the area with taxpayer-funded gifts: a $942 million public transportation link between Mission Bay and downtown San Francisco; $10 million in stimulus funds for a Mission Bay biotech cluster; $25 million for the repair or removal of piers in the area. Steyer has claimed there is no link between his political donations and these government grants – but Farallon has certainly benefited handsomely from this non-arrangement.

Another of Steyer’s completely un-business-related enthusiasms is his fervent opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. This, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he has long had a stake in a rival pipeline called Kinder Morgan. Though he promised that he would divest himself of financial interests in Kinder Morgan by the end of 2013, it is not clear that he has yet done so.

 

 

Germany Realizes, That Green Jobs are Fleeting, and Heavily Subsidized

Germany’s Unsustainable “Green” Jobs “Miracle” Collapses

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The Germans went into wind power harder and faster than anyone else – and the cost of doing so is catching up with a vengeance. The subsidies have been colossal, the impacts on the electricity market chaotic and – contrary to the purpose of the policy – CO2 emissions are rising fast (seeour post here).

Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid – victims of what is euphemistically called “fuel poverty”. In response, Germans have picked up their axes and have headed to their forests in order to improve their sense of energy security – although foresters apparently take the view that this self-help measure is nothing more than blatant timber theft (see our post here).

One justification put up by the wind industry for the social and economic chaos caused by spiralling power costs was the claim that investment in wind power would create a “new” economy with millions of groovy “green” jobs.

True it was that Germany saw an increase in renewables related employment – the bulk of it in the development and manufacture of solar panels – but all of it was built on a raft of taxpayer and power consumer subsidies: it was – therefore – unsustainable.

Any job that relies on a subsidy results in a loss of employment elsewhere in the economy. In Germany, the subsidies for “green” jobs are paid for in rocketing power prices, which impacts on the profitability and competitiveness of all businesses and industries. German manufacturers – and other energy intensive industries – faced with escalating power bills are set to pack up and head to the USA – where power prices are 1/3 of Germany’s (see our posts here and here and here).

In the result, Germany faces a decline in industrial output and, therefore, declining employment.

And now that the Germans have started to wind back subsidies for renewables (see our post here), the “green” jobs that were built on them are disappearing fast. Here’s Die Welt on the unsustainable “green” jobs “miracle”.

Germany’s Green Jobs Miracle Collapses
Die Welt
Daniel Wetzel
28 May 2014

Renewable energy was supposed to create tens of thousands of green jobs. Yet despite three-digit Euro billions of subsidies, the number of jobs is falling rapidly. Seven out of ten jobs will only remain as long as the subsidies keep flowing.

The subsidization of renewable energy has not led to a significant, sustainable increase in jobs. According to recent figures from the German Government, the gross employment in renewable energy decreased by around seven per cent to 363,100 in 2013.

Counting the employees in government agencies and academic institution too, renewable energy creates work for about 370,000 people.

This means, however, that only to about 0.86 percent of the nearly 42 million workers, which are employed in Germany, work in the highly subsidized sector of renewable energy. Much of this employment is limited to the maintenance and operation of existing facilities.

Further job cuts expected

In the core of the industry, the production of renewable energy systems, only 230,800 people were employed last year: a drop of 13 percent within one year, which is primarily due to the collapse of the German solar industry.

There is no improvement in sight, according to the recent report by the Federal Government. It says: “Overall, a further decline of employees will probably be observed in the renewable energies sector this and next year.”

15 years after the start of green energy subsidies through the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the vast majority of jobs from in this sector are still dependent on subsidies.

Hardly any self-supporting jobs in Green energy

According to official figures from the Federal Government, 70% of gross employment was due to the EEG last year. Although this is a slight decrease compared to 2012, seven out of ten jobs in the eco-energy sector are still subsidized by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Around 137,800 employees work in the wind sector which was the only eco-energy sector, besides geothermal, that increased employment. About 56,000 employees in photovoltaic sector depend on EEG payments.

Investments drop by 20 percent 

Subsidies for the generation of green electricity have been paid for almost 15 years and have piled up into a three-digit billion sum, which has to be paid over 20 years by electricity consumers through their electricity bills. This year alone, consumers must subsidize the production of green electricity to the tune of around 20 billion Euros. A lasting effect on the labour market is not obvious.

The report, “Gross employment in renewable energy sources in Germany in 2013”, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, was jointly written by the institutes DLR, DIW, STW, GWS and Prognos. According to the researchers, the cause of the decrease in employment is the declining investments in green energy systems.

The investments in renewable energy sources in Germany fell by a fifth, to 16.09 billion Euros in the past year. Only about half as many solar panels were installed in Germany as the year before. Investment in biomass plants and solar thermal dropped as well.

“Nothing left from the job miracle” 

The researchers do not expect that the production of high quality green energy systems will still lead to a job boom in Germany. For this year and the next they expect a further decline in employment instead. Thereafter, low-tech sectors such as “operation and maintenance” as well as the supply of biomass fuels are expected to “stabilise the employment effect”.

“A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany, now nothing is left of all of that,” said the deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Oliver Krischer.

The Green politician is sceptical about the attempts by the Federal Government to reduce the subsidy dependence of the green energy sector: “The brakes on the expansion of renewables by the previous conservative-liberal government is now fully hitting the job market,” said Krischer: “Thanks to the current EEG reform by the Union and SPD, the innovative and young renewables industry will lose more jobs.”

The bottom line, no jobs remain 

The report by the Federal Government explicitly estimates only the “gross employment” created primarily by green subsidies. The same subsidies, however, have led to rising costs and job losses in many other areas, such as heavy industry and commerce as well as conventional power plant operators. For a net analysis, the number of jobs that have been prevented or destroyed as a result would have to be deducted from the gross number of green jobs.

Official figures for the net effect of renewables on employment in Germany were originally supposed to be presented in July, according to the Federal Economics Ministry. However, the presentation has now been delayed until the autumn.

Researchers such as the president of the Munich-based IFO institute, Hans-Werner Sinn, believe that the net effect of subsidies for renewable energy on the labour market is equal to zero: “Whoever claims that net jobs have been created must prove that the capital intensity of production in the new sectors is smaller than in the old ones. There are no indications for that.”

“There is no positive net effect on employment by the EEG,” said Sinn: “Through subsidies for inefficient technologies not a single new job has been created, but wealth has been destroyed.”

Translation Philip Mueller
Die Welt

The handful of permanent jobs (as well as fleeting construction work) created in Australia’s wind industry were all the product the mandatory Renewable Energy Target and the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) issued to wind power generators under it. The REC is a Federal Tax on all Australian power consumers paid as a direct subsidy to wind power outfits.

So far, the REC Tax has cost Australian power consumers around $8 billion and – if the RET remains – will add a further $50 billion to power bills over the next 17 years (see our post here).

It’s the cost impact on power prices of that massive subsidy stream that has energy intensive industries – like aluminium processing and mining – lining up to ensure that the mandatory RET gets scrapped now (see our posts here and here). If the RET is retained, expect to see more industrial outfits close their doors, killing off real jobs in the thousands (see our posts here and here).

But don’t expect Tony Abbott to sit back and allow a policy built on a “green” fantasy to destroy Australia’s economic future (see our post here). As the Head Boy puts it:

[T]he renewable energy target is very significantly driving up power prices. Increasing power prices obviously pose a serious threat, not just to domestic budgets, but also to the competitiveness of industries, particularly energy-intensive industries.

I think we should be the affordable energy capital of the world, not the unaffordable capital of the world, and that’s why the carbon tax must go and that’s why we’re reviewing the renewable energy target.

I don’t want to lose perfectly good industries that employ thousands of people and which value-add for our country …

… The review is taking place now … let’s wait and see what the review comes up with. But all of us should want to see lower power prices and, plainly at the moment, the renewable energy target is a very significant impact on higher power prices.

As the Germans are learning fast, any policy that is unsustainable will, eventually, fail or compel its creators to scrap it. The mandatory RET is no exception.

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