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Obama calls for U.S. to follow Germany’s path . . . to blackouts

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      Chris Horner

      Christopher C. Horner serves as a Senior Fellow at CEI. As an attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts including the Supreme Court. He has written on numerous topics in publications ranging from law reviews to legal and industrial trade journals to print and online opinion pages, and is the author of two best-selling books: Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed (Regnery, 2008) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism (Regnery, 2007), which spent half of 2007 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In tonight’s State of the Union speech, President Obama called for massive new “investments” in renewable energy. By that he means that he wants to transfer billions of dollars to the renewable energy industry via subsidies, while also accomplishing his previously expressed goal of making “electricity prices necessarily skyrocket.”

Apparently White House speechwriters are confident that Americans — and American journalists — do not read the foreign press. Au contraire. And today we were particularly drawn to a disturbing headline in Germany’s Focus Magazine exposing the recklessness of Mr. Obama’s vow to follow Germany’s lead: “Es vir dunkel in Deutschland” (Translated: “It gets dark in Germany”).

The article quotes German lawmakers who are warning of blackouts and deriding the failed policy of forcing uneconomic, intermittent energy technology from a century ago onto the German economy. According to the summary provided by UK think tank OpenEurope:

Focus Magazine reports that the German Ministry of Economic Affairs has warned that Germany may in the future experience energy blackouts, as the country doesn’t have the capacity to cope with the EU’s renewable energy targets, which oblige member states to source 20% of energy from renewables by 2020. Liberal MEP Holger Krahmer is quoted saying, “this shouldn’t surprise anybody given the irrational energy policies of excessive reliance on renewables.”

Daily Caller readers by now are aware that President Obama boasted on no fewer than eight occasions that Spain was his model for a “clean energy economy.” That practice abruptly ended as soon as the disaster that was Spain’s bursting “green” bubble was exposed, first by a Madrid professor of economics, and not long thereafter by reality.

Citing the Gulf oil spill as his impetus, Obama then took to the Oval Office to re-emphasize his demands for a windmill- and solar panel-based economy. He was wise to avoid the risk of claiming any other success story as his model.

He then again dared to venture into specifics by citing Germany, a bad example also already exposed by economists and academics. According to the old-line, state-funded think tank RWI-Essen:

[A]lthough Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as setting a “shining example in providing a harvest for the world” (The Guardian 2007), we would instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of a massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits . . .

The truth is that Germany’s solar speculators and its entire renewabubble industry are hoping for a bailout from American taxpayers, which would only delay the industry’s demise by mere months, possibly a few short years. But the industry’s demise is inevitable, as it was for Spain’s renewabubble industry, which similarly sought a U.S. bailout.

Tonight, President Obama confirmed that he isn’t concerned about how the Spanish and German energy schemes have worked out and believes that Americans won’t catch on until we have another ethanol-style disaster on our hands — though on a scale from ten to twenty times larger.

Mr. Obama, please stop this dangerous game now. It is less Wirschaftswunder than Gotterdammerung.

Christopher C. Horner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

  • mdiavaro99ro

    Politics / Will can substitute reason and quite successfully at that… except for the times when it fails :D

    So …. good policy – bad policy…. if there’s will and money into it who are we to deny the feast?! provided the door is open and we’re on the right side of it…

    • mdiavaro99ro

      better: the door closed and we on the right side of it :D :D :D

  • mrfunn

    During the SOTU speech last night, anyone know why one of the Allen brothers was shaking his head and looking unhappy when Obama was talking about their solar shingle business? The other brother looked at the glum one and patted him on the leg a couple times. What’s up? Is this another green energy non-success story?

  • cong

    So, Chrissy, exactly how much does the oil and coal industry pay you, roughly, per year to yap this horse-crap? Ballpark.

    Thank god this rag is the biggest soapbox you’ll ever see. What a clown.

    • des1

      Wow, there was a detailed, fact-driven set of criticisms that Mr. Horner may never recover from. I thought you were going to call his mom fat for a minute there.

      Liberals are so utterly and completely predictable. If you can’t win on the facts, call people names. It’s your only real weapon….to act like a insecure teenager.

      • cong

        Well, his moms is fat.

        She works in one of those $2 whore, blue-light bars right outside a mountain top removal mine in West Virginia. Does pretty well for herself, I hear. Don’t drink the water in the place, though.

        • didacticrogue

          Thanks for quickly and clearly illustrating for us the value reasonable people should place on your comments.

          • cong

            What are you talking about? Coal is good for the economy. His moms makes damn near $100 a night in there. You can do the math.

            Can’t you?

    • Drahcir

      cong, do a little web surfing on Germany’s green eletricity and you Will see that they are firing up them old plants to make up for the loss of power. Their cost has soared. They are trying to stop the roving blackouts.

      • cong

        How’s about everyone who thinks big coal is our future spends a couple years working in a non-union mine and drinking the public water near a a mountain top removal mine.

        My house is solared-out baby!

  • 1TrueOne55

    Just like a New Century National Socialist to spend money on things that have failed in other countries and think that America is different. The only thing different is that we have a freer market in which things like renewable energy are still years down the road since there is still gas in the tank of Oil Production.

    It takes a “Crisis” or a model of renewable being cheaper by lots than the energy we now produce. And since there is no real Crisis except for mental faculty on the Socialists part, it will take a drop in the price of the cost of creating renewable energy to move that industry forward.

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