Obama’s Spanish disaster

The number 13 is proving quite fortuitous for me, if not so much for the global warming industry.

Thirteen months after I published the subtle “Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed,” the ClimateGate e-mails leaked out of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, affirming the very same specifics of the alarmists’ whole sordid tale.

No longer could they deny what many had suspected about the shady “climate science,” and after ClimateGate the energy-rationing agenda offered in the name of “global warming” was thrown off track, helping to doom the ill-timed Copenhagen “Kyoto II” conference.

Last week, precisely 13 days after publishing “Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America,” word leaked from Spain that the socialist government has finally acknowledged longstanding allegations which, again as luck would have it, I specifically laid out in the book.

In short, we learned of reports that the socialist Zapatero government has laid the groundwork for abandoning its vaunted “green jobs” schemes, admitting in an official if not yet released document the damning criticisms levied by an academic team. Their research had received great attention—and prompted vicious smear campaigns—both here and in Spain.

That is very bad news for the Obama administration whose leader on eight separate occasions instructed us to “think about what’s happening in countries like Spain” if we wanted to see his model and vision for a “green economy.” He would launch America into a new era of prosperity premised in “new technologies” like windmills—yes, he actually said that.

This line was promoted at the expense of other Obama claims, like his vow in San Francisco to use such schemes to cause “electricity prices [to] necessarily skyrocket.” Which, it turns out, Spain’s “green economy” also managed to do.

At least, it caused electricity prices to rise leading the Spanish government—in order to avoid paying the political price—to set the rates far below the actual costs of producing inefficient energy from intermittent sources requiring massive physical redundancy (the wind blows when it feels like it). So they ran up a massive “rate deficit.”

In testimony to the U.S. House the lead Spanish researcher, Madrid economics professor Dr. Gabriel Calzada, revealed how paying this debt down would require raising Spanish electricity rates another 31 percent. Here we see the beginnings of “skyrocketing” rates.

For having dared to take Obama up on the serial invitation to eyeball Spain’s wondrous scheme, Dr. Gabriel Calzada was not only treated with typically shabby behavior by the House Democrats that day, but his own countrymen accused him of being “unpatriotic.” Not for what he said, but for the fact that he said it.

Imagine what these same people will surely call the Spanish socialists for admitting to Calzada’s claims.

Among the caterwaulers were the communist party-affiliated trade union and the country’s “renewable” energy association “rent-seekers.” Both were furious because, as the head of the latter wrote, Spain needed the U.S. to fall for the scheme, too, and thus bail them out before their bubble burst.