Renewable energy is all the rage. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law last week to encourage more of it. The law “encouraged” in the way government encourages everything: Do it or else.
Rather than produce a mere 20 percent of California’s energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by the year 2020, state utilities now are ordered to generate a third of it that way. President Barack Obama trumpets similar lofty-sounding goals for the nation, although he’s not having as much success, considering Congress isn’t as rabidly left-leaning green as California’s Legislature.
When they use your tax money to underwrite their good intentions and to impose their will by force, isn’t it a good thing? Aren’t wind and solar energy low on pollutants and “renewable?” The sun always shines, and the wind always blows, don’t they? Well, not always. More on that later.
At this critical juncture, as global warming alarmism loses momentum after being exposed as hot air, in the political, not atmospheric, sense, and the green-renewable energy movement it spawned picks up speed, we bring you a not-quite comprehensive, but rather revealing look at what it all means. Call it, renewable energy by the numbers.