You have surely noticed, if you’ve been checking in on my blog, that I have been absent for quite a while. My age, abetted by my normal laziness, along with some minor health problems, are to be blamed. Maybe I just needed a special message to spur me to “get back to work.” The post below is such. Some of you may know that I worked in alternative energy for five years at GE just after the OPEC oil embargo in 1973 and have posted a number of comments on the subject in my blog.
Finally, many of the utopian programs in wind and solar energy are bearing bitter fruit, resulting in more objective opinions of the area such as the one below by Lonborg. He is excellent in considering the total picture and I have included it in its entirety.
COPENHAGEN– One of the world’s biggest green-energy public-policy experiments is coming to a bitter end in Germany, with important lessons for policymakers elsewhere. Germany once prided itself on being the “photovoltaic world champion”, doling out generous subsidies – totaling more than $130 billion, according to research from Germany’s Ruhr University– to citizens to invest in solar energy. But now the German government is vowing to cut the subsidies sooner than planned, and to phase out support over the next five years. What went wrong? Continue reading