Europe's Bogus Clean Energy Claims
Very often when we make comments to news articles, we are attacked by environmental whackos that constantly tell us we are falling behind the rest of the world, especially Europe, in developing renewables. Well Europe is not in great shape either, and they have a very dirty little secret they have been hiding regarding "renewables". They are depending on "bioenergy", the burning of trees, to make reliable electricity and calling it "RENEWABLE". It is three times dirtier to burn wood than coal and four times dirtier than gas. How does wood get the renewable label when it is the quintessential "fossil" fuel??? What's worse is that the wood being used in Europe is coming from the USA! They are stripping our CO2 converting trees for making their environmental goals, and increasing pollution to boot!!! This wood also has to be shipped to Europe on ships, ships that use diesel fuel, increasing "pollution" even further and not including it in the energy output numbers.
This whole scam is made up science by non-scientists, but rather by Marxist, progressive economists. This article has some great arguments we can use when these whackos tout their faulty reasoning.
Nowhere is the contrast starker than in climate and energy policy. The European Union has set out to show the world how it can be saved from climate change. No country has been more prominent in this than Germany. At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Germany reneged on a deal with President George H. W. Bush by advocating targets and timetables for emissions cuts that they had agreed wouldn’t be in the United Nations climate-change convention. Germany pledged to cut its own greenhouse-gas emissions by 25 to 30 per cent by 2005 and subsequently set a 40 percent target to be reached by 2020. Thanks to German reunification, the first 20 percent was achieved by closing down the former East Germany’s heavy industry and its most polluting power stations. With emissions on course for only a 30 percent cut by 2020, three months ago Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to explain that it was always clear that it would not be easy to save another 20 percent “at a time of relatively strong economic development.”
The more you grow, the more carbon dioxide you produce. Logically, then, decarbonization policies mean lower growth. The elixir of carbon-free growth turns out to be snake oil after all.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455628/europe-bogus-clean-ene...