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Green Energy — America’s Lie




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June 29, 2011 | 1,386 views | 1 comment

Harlingen, Texas, June 28, 2011: It is doubtful that if a truly honest person could be found, Americans would elect that individual to public office. We have historically managed to gather a collection of fork tongued intellectuals and slick talking con artists together into one large gang and allow them to run the country. You think not! Well it is not only in America. Liars have been running the governments of all nations since the days when Plato and Aristotle spoke on this human failing.

One of the biggest deceptions being voiced by our current Administration and its minions in Congress concerns the viability and practicality of Green Energy. Those who have already swallowed this government mythology have strongly bought into the idea that these multiple alternative energy sources will end our need for fossil fuels, clean up our environment, reduce costs and save the planet.

You have read in previous articles my rage about the government lies related to corn-based ethanol. It not only limits one of our main food sources, but also drives up the price on dozens of products from soda pop to plastics that utilize corn in their manufacture.

Farmers can grow and average of 7,110 pounds of corn per acre. This can be processed into 328 gallons of ethanol. That same corn requires 140 gallons of fossil fuel, which at today’s pump prices, would total more than $1200. Using that rationale, ethanol has already been heavily subsidized even before it is processed from the raw corn. During the processing there is only 8 percent extracted in the form of alcohol, with more energy expended to reach that point. An additional process is required to produce the 99.8 percent pure ethanol needed for mixing with gasoline. It requires 131,00 BTUs of energy to make one gallon of ethanol and that one-gallon only produces 77,000 BTUs of energy, or a loss of 54,000 BTUs of energy for each gallon of ethanol produced. It costs $1.74 per gallon to produce ethanol. 95 cents is the cost to produce a gallon of gasoline. On top of all this, the government is subsidizing ethanol to the tune of $1 billion a year. You do the math on the value of this green energy source.

Wind energy may be the closest we have come to reaching balance of cost vs. result. It too, has limited value. There just might be strong value in wind farms located in Deep South Texas. Most of the time there is wind blowing off the Gulf of Mexico. However, national studies have revealed that a utility company can only count of wind generated electricity for about 30% of its power. The remainder of the time wind is not blowing strong enough to yield satisfactory electrical output.

Since each turbine blade is more than 120 feet in length, the noise level of wind driven energy is severe. People who reside within a mile of a wind farm must suffer a continuing noise background and incorporate it into their daily lives. In reality it means wind farms must be located far away from population centers, thus increasing the cost of connecting them to the main grid.

“So”, you ask, “what about solar?” It has been touted as being silent and quietly operating every day. It has been praised for adding to the savings on electricity. It places no pollutants into the air or our overall environment.

My best example of solar folly can come right from my hometown of Harlingen, Texas. The city fathers have been elated at their newest contribution to green energy. Headlines in the daily newspaper read “Solar Panels Equal Savings for Harlingen. Just what are those savings?

Through the American Reinvestment Recovery Act, which many citizens refer to as “Porkqules”, the city received a grant of $645,100 to install 308 solar panels on a municipal building. According to City Commissioner Robert Leftwich, “This will save the city money in the long run and will create a more sustainable and economically responsible model.”

Well, the commissioner must have forgotten his calculator. By the city’s on estimates these panels will save the taxpayers $7,500 a year in energy costs.

If some quick math is undertaken it can be seen that in 25 years a savings of $187,500 will be realized by Harlingen. Since the project has a cost of more than $600,000, which already came out of taxpayer pocketbooks...and since the life span of a solar panel is only 25 years, the American public has taken another tax loss beating.

But, go ahead America; keep buying into the fraud of Green Energy. After all more than 40% of you are not putting any money into the operation of our nation.

Semper Fidelis
 
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