Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sanity returning?

Well, maybe to Europe, at least. No sign of the Obama regime giving up on its watermelon fantasies (green on the outside . . . ). First, we have this:
Britain’s new government abolished its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Thursday morning, ridding the country of its global warming bureaucracy.
Officials stated that the DECC has been abolished and U.K.’s environmental policy is will be transferred to a new ministry called the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Some former DECC’s functions will be outright abolished, while others will be handed back to the new ministry.
And then we have Germany realizing that its green energy plan is getting too expensive:
Germany plans to cap the expansion of offshore wind power at the start of the next decade to ensure the future growth of renewables keeps step with the construction of new power lines, according to a revision to a new energy law seen by Reuters.
Between 2021 and 2025 the government plans to limit offshore wind installations to 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity since high-voltage power lines needed to carry green energy from the windy north to the industrial south will not be ready.
The reforms to the energy law are aimed at bringing down the costs of Germany's shift towards renewables sources of energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels known as the Energiewende.
OK, so what is driving this? Well, maybe it's because subsidies and forced use of "green" energy are driving consumer costs so high that they can't afford to heat or cool their homes:

Polling indicates that energy prices were so high that 38 percent of British households have cut back essential purchases, like food, to pay their energy bills. Another 59 percent of homes were worried about how they are going to pay energy bills.
Good plan, right? Maybe at least some nations are starting to realize that forcing expensive, inefficient energy technologies on people is not a good idea, especially when the "benefits" are unproven, to say the least.

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