Solar Fossil Fueled Fantasies

throwing moneyFollow the money! Obama’s EPA is putting the US economy at risk! How do you screw taxpayers and reward your cronies that got you elected? By handing over billions. Obama administration has a 5 point plan. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, an Obama appointee can tell you. She stated, “This (the Desert Sunlight project) is the beginnings of a renewable energy future.” Another future failure costing taxpayers billions.

Here’s the truth. The Desert Sunlight, a CA state project involves 1) $1.5 billion of federal government subsidized loans. It mandates purchases of overpriced power, to benefit three of the world’s largest corporations— GE, NextEra Energy and Sumitomo Corporation. 2) They rent Federal government land at bargain basement prices. 3) The Government provides loan guarantees and 4) offer Federal government tax credits of 30% to buy their solar panels. Still not enough for Desert Sunlight to succeed? 5) California requires utility companies 33 percent of their energy come from renewable sources

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach.

Sometimes when I’m reading about renewable technologies, I just break out laughing at the madness that the war on carbon has wrought. Consider the Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant. It covers five square miles in Southern California with mirrors which are all focusing the sun on a central tower. The concentrated sunlight boils water that is used to run a steam turbine to generate electricity.

ivanpah solar power plant

Sounds like at a minimum it would be ecologically neutral … but unfortunately, the Law of Unintended Consequences never sleeps, and the Ivanpah tower has turned out to be a death trap for birds, killing hundreds and hundreds every year:

“After several studies, the conclusion for why birds are drawn to the searing beams of the solar field goes like this: Insects are attracted to the bright light of the reflecting mirrors, much as moths are lured to a…

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