Power plant gets $2 million in green subsidies as it spews putrid gas

A supposedly ‘green’ electricity plant built on a gigantic rubbish heap has been generating misery for months – by shrouding thousands of nearby homes in a stinking fog of poisonous gas.

The owners of the plant at the Clayton Hall landfill site in Lancashire, sandwiched between the commuter towns of Leyland and Chorley, a golf course and pretty, rolling hills, have received about £1.7 million in green energy subsidies since it opened in 2010.

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Victoria conducts renewables experiment, hides real costs, bans cheap alternatives

How much do we hate Lignite Gas?

Victoria is suffering the largest rises in wholesale electricity prices in the country, as it sits on large gas fields that it won’t touch. Why — geniuses hope to reduce global droughts and floods and sea level in 2100.

Robert Gottleibsen savages the state governments that conducted the renewables experiment without mentioning the real costs or the cheap alternatives.

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A Climate Skeptic Just Took Charge Of EU Environment Policy

Neno Dimov

Neno Dimov has a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in physics. He is Bulgaria’s environment minister, a climate sceptic and the new president of the EU’s Environment Council. —Dave Keating, Forbes, 26 January 2018

Germany is missing its European climate targets and will have to pay for rights to emit greenhouse gases due to polluting vehicles, farms, and buildings, the government said Wednesday, an embarrassing admission for Chancellor Angela Merkel who had once put energy transformation at the forefront of her policies. —The Wall Street Journal, 24 January 2018

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Shocking! Nations with more renewables have more expensive electricity

The Mystery: The most resource-rich nation on Earth has the highest electricity prices?!

Ask anyone and get confused: It’s poles and wires, gaming of the system by capitalist pigs, excessive taxes, privatization, and record gas prices.

The CleanEnergy Council tells us that Australia has one of the longest electricity networks in the world — we need lots of poles! And so we do.

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US slaps heavy duties on solar equipment imports

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs up to 30% on imports of solar equipment.

The measure is aimed directly at China who has been dumping cheap, subsidized solar panels on the US for a decade. The US  had imposed anti-dumping tariffs, but China got around them by opening subsidized factories in Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries.

The $28 billion US solar industry is up in arms over the new tariffs since about 80% of parts come from overseas. But the goal here is to jump-start the expansion of US manufacturing of solar panels.

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Australia Closes Coal-Fired Power Plants: Hospitals Forced to Cut Power Use & Power Prices Rocket

This is what Aussie hospitals are facing.

Australia’s ‘inevitable transition’ to nature’s ‘wonder fuels’, the wind and sun are looking more like a transition to the Third World.

Rocketing power prices have seen tens of thousands of Australian families cut from the grid, no longer able to afford power at all.

And power ‘rationing’ of the kind one might expect in North Korea, Cuba or the USSR of old has beset a country which once enjoyed the cheapest power on earth; thanks to the winning combination of abundant reserves of coal and gas and politicians with their feet on the ground rather than their heads in the clouds.

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Madness and misinformation in renewables-land: South Australia

Hope foreign readers are enjoying the spectacle of a first world nation destroying its competitive advantage with renewables. Hope that helps you avoid the same fate.

Praise the lord, states without coal don’t have to load-shed-industry (because they don’t have much left):

The South Australian Treasurer is bragging that SA didn’t have to shed any industry load on Friday, but the coal state of Victoria did. Pull the other one:

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Three Reasons Trump Should Pull the Plug on Solar Tariffs

An expansive trade case has simmered on the back burner since April 2017 and is now finally on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for a decision by Jan. 26.

The case involves two failing manufacturing companies—Suniva and SolarWorld—which have petitioned the government for globally applicable tariffs on inexpensive imports of solar cells and panels.

That petition has run the gantlet of comments, hearings, and analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Five Ways to Torment The Greens

Senator Di Natale’s recent call for Australia Day to be moved from January 26 reveals that he and many of his fellow Greens have seemingly few major issues to occupy their intermittently febrile minds.

Clearly, they need more topics to fret about, which they will enjoy for the virtue-signaling potential while cheering the sane rest of us by saddling them with so many concerns their monomaniacal minds won’t know how or where to begin.

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US Shift From Coal Is Eroding Job Opportunities In Rural America

The number of workers at rural coal and nuclear power plants is dwindling as energy companies face pressure from natural gas and green energy producers, according to a report Monday from The Wall Street Journal.

Utility employment is falling at unprecedented rates and eroding a stable source of well-paying jobs in rural areas, and placing more pressure on President Donald Trump as he attempts to fulfill promises to save blue-collar jobs.

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Green Energy Revolution A Flop: Fossil Fuel Share Of Total Energy Use Unchanged in 40 Years

The green energy revolution of the past 30 years has resulted in practically nothing. It’s been a flop. Fossil fuels remain as wildly popular as ever. In the 1970s, the big worry was that fossil fuels would soon run out, and so we should “use them wisely.” But in the 1980s, the risk changed to one of an overheating planet, and so we should not use them at all. —P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 12 January 2018

Cuadrilla’s controversial bid to frack for shale gas in Lancashire has struck a rare gush of good luck after tests unearthed “excellent” conditions for fracking. The tests also suggest a high natural gas content in the core samples, Cuadrilla said. —Jillian Ambrose, The Daily Telegraph, 13 January 2018

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Enviros Freak Out As Germany Makes About-Face On Anti-Coal Campaign

Cheers to Germany’s ‘climate chancellor’ for making a mess of a once well-oiled country.

Environmentalists are bemoaning Germany’s decision to abandon a nearly impossibly lofty goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent within the next two years.

Germany’s new coalition agreed to drop plans to cut emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report Monday from Reuters. Some critics believe the move is an embarrassing development for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was once dubbed the “climate chancellor.”

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