• Sunglasses Wont Help

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Just like Icarus, the UNFCCC and several NGO’s attempts at controlling the climate sometimes feels like the height of pretentiousness. When this permanent crowd is flying around the globe telling ordinary people to change their lifestyles and pay more for necessities, like electricity, it’s nice to find some other perspective.

    Madhulika Guhathakurta, a solar physicist at NASA and Daniel N. Baker, the director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, highlights the, for a long time seldom mentioned, impact of something we definitely can’t control; solar activity.

  • UK: Paying consumers to click the “off switch”

    You’ve heard of a kilowatt of electricity, but how about a negawatt? Well unless you’re from England you probably haven’t heard of a negawatt yet, but the concept of paying consumers to turn off their power switch is now a reality in Britain. As reported by Bloomberg News, England’s efforts to meet its growing demand […]

  • CFACT continues their mission in Cancun

    CFACT recently returned from Quintano Roo, Mexico. This time, CFACT at the University of Texas-Austin went down with 7 laptops and solar panels, prepared to help better lives and give people a future. Students learned why the way CFACT does 3rd world development is a far more effective way of creating change and helping people than the way the left does.

  • Germany’s High Solar Subsidies Under Fire


    EDGAR L. GÄRTNER (Frankfurt)

    Although the document released on Saturday, October 24th doesn’t mention it, the new German government coalition between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Guido Westerwelle’s Liberals will be obliged to sooner or later reign in Germany’s high subsidies for photovoltaic power.  One of the main causes of high German power prices is the expanding role of “renewables” in power generation Solar Panelssince the beginning of the 21st century. While wind power’s percentage now exceeds 6 percent, and biomass is approaching 4 percent, photovoltaic power has yet to reach one percent of total power production. This tiny portion of Germany’s energy supply is by far the most costly. Since feed-in prices for “renewable” power are guaranteed for 20 years,solar panels installed from the year 2000 to the present will cost German power consumers no less than 35 billion Euros.  Our export oriented economy can no longer support this luxury, particularly during a time of global recession.