Wind turbines benefit rent-seeking crony capitalists... that's about it.
The amount of money flowing into European green energy from governments and the private sector collapsed from $132 billion in 2011 to $58 billion last year.
Denmark’s government abandoned plans to build five offshore wind power farms Friday amid fears the electricity produced there would become too expensive for Danish consumers.
It was on the evening news. And then in the morning papers. The Arctic ices were melting with unprecedented speed. Turns out it was Greenland and not very unprecedented.
by Einar Du Rietz The old issue of whaling seems to be an ever controversial issue, in the EU, as well as internationally. Chris Butler-Stroud,CEO of Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) writes on the subject and is particularly concerned that Denmark still holds on to the Greenland exception. The ban on whaling dates decades back. Furthermore, commercial whaling, industrial way, is generally acknowledged to be unacceptable. This might be a sound position, given unclear property rights in what is often no mans water. The three exceptions to the international ban are represented by Japan, Norway and Denmark, an EU country, incidentally [...]
by Einar Du Rietz Denmark, taking over the rotating EU presidency has outlined its priorities for the next half year. Not surprising, really, but still awkward. Reports Euractiv: "Environment Minister Ida Auken called for making energy efficiency legally binding, dismissing concerns that weak economies and the eurozone debt crisis would trump the environment in EU policy debates in the months ahead. 'It’s not enough to be focusing on the financial crisis right now, and then not look at just as important or just as severe a crisis - namely the environmental crisis,'she said at a briefing 12 days before the country's EU [...]
A cloudy day for global warming zealots Climate science is anything but settled. For years, physicist Henrik Svensmark of the Danish National Space Institute (who has presented at conferences organized by CFACT and EIKE) has been asking inconvenient questions about the relationship between the sun, clouds and climate. He demonstrated in the lab that cosmic rays from the sun affect cloud formation. Cosmic rays are a factor not meaningfully considered in the computer climate models which global warming proponents have declared to be so robust that they are beyond discussion. To the vexation of true climate believers, Svensmark's work [...]
Plans for North Pole dominance expose Danish climate hypocrisy A leaked document titled "Strategy for the Arctic" lays out Denmark's plans to lay formal claim to the North Pole. Yet the Danish Commission on Climate Change recently released plans to make Denmark "oil free" by 2050. What exactly do the soon to be oil free Danes plan to do at the North Pole? Will they crown the globe with the world's largest and most wasteful wind farm? With oil fetching over 500 Danish Kroner per barrel the answer is clear. Last year CFACT engaged in a dialogue with EU Climate Commissioner [...]
by Einar Du Rietz Finally the trial against the hooligans posing a security threat to the Queen of Denmark during the Copenhagen conference is starting. Naturally, Greenpeace is doing it's best to ridicule the process, pointing out that "the eleven are also facing the obscure charge of having committed an offence against Denmark’s Queen." , "... dusting off of this little known and as far as we can tell never before used law". You might argue that it was unnecessary for the Royal Court to host a gala dinner for this obscure gathering, or that it was bad judgement in the first [...]
by Einar Du Rietz That the activities behind the scenes before, during and after last year’s circus in Copenhagen were everything from strange to dirty is no surprise. For example, CFACT Europe, together with the paper Berlingske Tiderne in Denmark, discovered the sudden shift in the official Danish attitude towards Dalai Lama, an apparent effort to offer the difficult Chinese delegation something to chew on. With the recent publication of the eneourmos amount of documents at Wikileaks, even more light is shed on the power play and virtual extortion to get tax money in so called climate aid. The UK paper, The Guardian – [...]
Wind corporations paid not to generate electricity when a strong wind blows The Daily Telegraph reports that thousands of pounds per day will be paid to compensate the wind industry when the British national grid can not use the power. The intermittent nature of wind power requires traditional efficient power generation to remain the mainstay of British power generation when the wind is light or not blowing at all resulting in too much power when the wind decides to blow. Simply not accepting the unneeded power would cost wind investors to lose their subsidies. We can't imagine them welcoming that. A [...]
E.U. Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard responds to CFACT CFACT’s response: Let’s not go back to the dark ages. CFACT has been participating in an energy debate sponsored by the National Journal. Commissioner Hedegaard wrote, “Craig Rucker claims that had it not been for Denmark’s oil in the North Sea we could not afford “such feel good luxuries” as renewables like wind. Wrong. Back in 1973 Denmark experienced two oil crises and the last one, when Saudi Arabia cut off oil deliveries, was so bad that it was necessary to prohibit driving private cars on Sundays. I remember this from my childhood. [...]
Anyone who tells you that restricting prosperity and redistributing wealth will alter the climate is selling something. CRAIG RUCKER EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard today posed the question, "can the U.S. afford not to have ambitious legislation that paves the way for a more energy-efficient future?" CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker responded that if the US Congress fails, America wins. Commissioner Hedegaard's Denmark may have surrounded itself with wind turbines, but could not afford such feel good luxuries if it were not for the vast income and energy it derives from Danish North Sea oil and gas. READ MORE
As Noël Coward put it in a song, “Why do the wrong people travel?” It should not come as a surprise, yet the cheerful way in which some groups exploit international events to hijack the agenda is quite astounding (just imagine for a second free-market groups doing the same thing, and the reaction that would ensue). In today’s Metro (Danish only), a German activist involved in the network Climate Justice Action is disarmingly frank about his presence at the conference : “[The conference] does not mean anything. The UN cannot solve the world’s climate problems as it thinks that the solutions [...]
Ends Inconvenient Friendship With Tibet By Einar Du Rietz, Copenhagen Maybe these guys are serious about the Copenhagen treaty after all. Wednesday evening it became clear that Denmark has reversed its policy on China and Tibet by abruptly recognizing Chinese sovereignty over Tibet. Denmark promised to act with “caution” in future contacts with the Dalai Lama, […]