Europe bails on green energy

Dr. Benny Peiser at The Australian: Europe pulls the plug on its green future

pull the EU green plug

Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.

The mainstream media, which used to encourage the renewables push enthusiastically, is beginning to sober up too. With more and more cracks beginning to appear, many newspapers are returning to their proper role as the fourth estate, exposing the pitfalls of Europe’s green-energy gamble and opening their pages for thorough analysis and debate. Today, European media is full of news and commentary about the problems of an ill-conceived strategy that is becoming increasingly shaky and divisive.

As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy strategy is dying on the vine. Green dreams are giving way to hard economic realities.

From: The Australian

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(Note: for the pirates of pendant – image updated to show EU style plug – Anthony)


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Gene Selkov

The plug on the picture is American, though 🙂


There’s a pay-wall for the body of the main article on the Australian…

Hugh Price

Dear Gene: I am a pedant, but you are a faster one.

Ron Sinclair
TalentKeyHole Mole

The plug in the image; a standard USA type, not European 2-pole type.

Tom in Florida

To all the green energy advocates in America:


So . . . hundreds of billions of Euros have been squandered, wasted, flushed down the Great Greenie Composting Toilet because Public Policy in Europe was highjacked by a group of political power craving environmentalists and grubby, funding desperate scientists who realized their First Class ticket on the Fame and Gravy train could be realized by abject fear mongering about human influences on the climate.
A disgraceful period in human history, one that will not be treated well by future historians.
Think of how much human good, human happiness that money could have purchased.
Think of how much real science, not the frothed up, torqued up, glued together hockey sticks or photo shopped polar bear pictures that currently disgraces the scientific community could have taken place if the science funding had not been hijacked by a small gang of morally vacuous scientists that are only good at creating hysteria and performing kindergarten level research.

Chad Wozniak

Maybe now we’ll get some sense here in the USA and pull the plug on renewable mandates and subsidies, so that electric rates can be taken back down to what they would have been without the renewables. (Sorry, mein Fuehrer, we need LOW electric rates, not “sky high” rates – to ease the burdens on low-income people and make our manufacturing competitive – so that jobs can finally be created.)
Of course, it will be necessary to make the renewables people clean up the environmental mess they’ve made, at their expense – removing the turbines and solar arrays, cleaning up the pollution from them, restoring the habitats and landscapes they’ve destroyed.. We taxpayers and victims of their idiocy should not have to pick up the tab for that – they should.

Rob Dawg

Q: What is a green pirate of pendant’s favorite holiday?
A: Arrrghbor Day.

Mike Smith

Don’t ever forget than many of the folks who initiated these grandiose failures made out like bandits when the taxpayer and investment funds were rolling in. Many are probably enjoying early retirements at levels of luxury that most WUWT readers will never experience.


hmmmm . . the GAO has numbers, but the White House seems to prefer appeasing Gaia.
“President Obama’s campaign promises of millions of green jobs haven’t materialized. A draft report by the Government Accountability Office found that the Labor Department’s $500 million program to train people for green jobs produced just 55 percent of its targeted job placements—and most of those jobs were not in the solar or biofuels industries.”
Only a true, hard core, committed, Kool Aide chugging Greene could consider that to be a successful program.
Kafka would be so proud of modern environmentalism.

Energy prices in Britain have risen $500 per year in order to subsidize a pre-industrial technology – wind power. Much of these subsidies go to rich landowners and foreign power companies with investors guaranteed returns of >10% per year for 20 years. It is complete madness. Even if we were to cover the whole of Wales and Cornwall in wind farms it would still only meet total electricity demand 70% of the time. The rest of the time when the wind doesn’t blow we would either freeze in darkness, or else fire up “spare” fossil fuel plants to blast CO2 into the atmosphere. This process is the same as accelerating and braking your car while driving your car. Fuel efficiency is blown away and gas prices rocket ! I estimate the net price of wind+gas ay 4 times more than nuclear(or coal) fuel costs.

Robert of Ottawa

Gene Selkov August 9, 2013 at 9:48 am
No it’s not; it’s Italian.

Gene Selkov

I must apologise to Anthony and to everybody who came late and missed the fun. I did not want to be mean, but because I was, inadvertently, now we have a new graphic with a Schuko plug, which is decidedly European. It came to life as an American plug next to a wall outlet of the same provenance bearing a European flag.

Jim Cripwell

Surely there OUGHT to be a very important European politician who WANTS to believe that CAGW is a hoax.


If that were a real greeny plug it would have only one pin.


Re: failing green parasitic companies, Germany’s Solarworld only yesterday made its stockholders accept a whopping 95% cut in the value of their holdings, while creditors had to take a 55% haircut, to avoid immediate bankruptcy. Still the market is doubtful whether the outfit will survive.
We’re clearly in the endgame stage of the green cargo-cult. There aren’t enough lampposts.

John Arthur

The plug looks pretty much like a Schuko plug, pretty much universal as a 3-pin plug in Europe. Except the UK of course as we here know better.


This is sick and twisted. From the full article:

In fact, German CO2 emissions have been rising for two years in a row as coal is experiencing a renaissance………………….
Almost 20 per cent of gas power plants in Germany have become unprofitable and face shutdown as renewables flood the electricity grid with preferential energy. To avoid blackouts, the government has had to subsidise uneconomic gas and coal power stations so that they can be used as back-up when the sun is not shining, the wind does not blow and renewables fail to generate sufficient electricity.

[My bolding]


It looks like the plug has cylindric pins, not flat as the US version, so it is an European grounded version. Due to the colour, this looks like the (new) power cords used for the electical heating of car engines. They used to be black.


There’s opportunity here, m’boys–
Kit Carruthers can buy one of these retired wind turbines and set it up next to his house in Scotland for domestic electricity generation.
One turbine down, thousands upon thousands to go.
What’s not to like?

Joseph Somsel

I’ve been trying to warn people of the idiocy of “green energy” for decades. I’ve written articles, I’ve argued with people, I complained to our politicians.
One can see the light just from the physics!
All for naught, or so it has seemed.


The author of the article is correct. A free press is supposed to be the last line of defense against oppressive and tyrannical governments when the checks and balances between the Legislative, Executive and Juducial branches of government are corrupt and steal citizens’ rights of privacy, property and individual freedoms.
For too many decades, the press has simply acted as the government’s forth branch of propaganda. The alternative energy debacle is just a manifestation of the MSM’s complicity in destroying many countries’ industrial competitiveness, productivity, efficiency and economic growth by failing to report truthfully on governments’ destructive alternative energy programs, which have further impoverished the poor and obliterated job and economic growth.
More and more citizens-but still far too few– are finally seeing the gigantic disparity between to Utopia painted by the wordsmiths and talking heads of the MSM and the hell which they are being forced to endure.
It’s encouraging to see that some MSM journalists are finally starting to accept their huge responsibility of reporting the truth rather than simply advocating a political agenda.

Outrageous Ampersand

Y’all are dangerously ignorant of the point.
Solar and wind and biomass are RENEWABLE (meaning made from pixy dust and good intentions) and are vital in the war to save the planet from high standards of living and functioning brains.
In all seriousness, I have some investment advice. Buy shares in oil companies, chicken farms, rope maufacturers, and mines of element 82. All of these items will surely see explosive growth in demand.


If you haven’t done it yet …and if you are into trading stocks start shorting enviro stocks in Europe and the USA over the next year as they disintegrate. This dance is over but the music just hasn’t been shut off yet. BBC pension investments and others that placed large bets on enviro stocks are screwed.

Gene Selkov says:
August 9, 2013 at 9:48 am
The plug on the picture is American, though 🙂
TalentKeyHole Mole says:
August 9, 2013 at 10:02 am
The plug in the image; a standard USA type, not European 2-pole type.

Looks like a pair of ‘pins’ (EU/UK/??) and not ‘blades’ (as used in the USA) guys.
Plug body also looks oversize (to better protect EU/UK fingers from 220V AC Mains voltage?); not right for our continent either. There are standards that more than likely govern this too, link.
USA two-blade plug also has one blade wider than the other (making them what is called “polarized” with the wider pin the neutral connection); another incongruity.
And – our (US) “NEMA 1” two-blade plugs normally have a hole at the far end of each blade – missing in the photo above as well.
The verdict: a two-pin, non-USA plug …

John Arthur says: August 9, 2013 at 10:58 am “The plug looks pretty much like a Schuko plug, pretty much universal as a 3-pin plug in Europe. Except the UK of course as we here know better.”
Yep. CEE 7/16, 7/17, 7/5, 7/4 Schuko

Brian H

As I have been commenting here and there for some time, the Invisible Hand ensures that you will pay the real price. For everything.

Outrageous Ampersand

@Brian H,
As the saying goes, the Invisible Hand has brass nuckles.

A good example of why govts should be the court of last , not first, resort to solve a problem.
1) Govts listen to voters, who can easily be swayed by such things as “An Inconvenient Truth”
2) Govts are composed of second-rate lawyers and backslappers
3) Govts never look to see if the problem actually exists – as long a the voters are convinced there is a problem, then why should they fight the tide convincing them otherwise and getting un-elected as a result?
4) Rush, rush,rush to pass some legislation that they can point to come election day, regardless of how stupid it might be. The voters will never know.
5) By the time everything comes apart, I’ll be on Miami Beach , sipping mint juleps and banking my
Congressional pension checks. Life is good and high electric bills are no problem for me.

Peter Miller

I cannot speak for the rest of Europe, but the green energy enthusiasts in the UK definitely took this pill – there is no other explanation for their incredible stupidity.

Treasure trove of NEMA – North American two and three prong plug pictures/images (I will cease and desist on this aspect after this post, I promise):
Google Link.


Rob Dawg says:
August 9, 2013 at 10:15 am
You’re a little more than a month early.


And it was all completely, absolutely, patently, perfectly, 100% predictable. Only those who had willfully untethered themselves from reality could not have seen this coming.


Gene Selkov says:
August 9, 2013 at 9:48 am
The plug on the picture is American, though 🙂

In fact, if you look close, it is definitely not American. The prongs are cylindrical rather than flat, which appears in many European and East European outlets, but not in the US. See Glover’s Pocket Reference (4th ed.) pages 176-177.


@ arthur4563 says:
August 9, 2013 at 11:39 am
5) By the time everything comes apart, I’ll be on Miami Beach , sipping mint juleps and banking my
Congressional pension checks. Life is good and high electric bills are no problem for me.
Florida is a concealed carry state, with stand your ground laws. That congress critter should think again about retiring there. 😉

JB Goode

About the plug
Who said it is an electric plug in the first place?


Pirates of pedant. Moi? By the way the euro plug shown is not like the one we use in Britain


Note: for the pirates of pendant – image updated to show EU style plug – Anthony
But, but, but…the hand in the image appears to be that of a right-handed white male.
Sexist, racist and sinistrophobic all-in-one. /s

Do I need to call in an air strike on pirates? -A

M Courtney

The parrot on my shoulder keeps squawking “typo typo”.
“Pirates of Pedant

M Courtney

Oops, missed a “… that was a typo.


A very very expensive “I told you so”. Do you think an apology or an “Oops, did we ever mess up” is coming?
Nope, didn’t think ss either. Just a very heavy sigh on my part when I think of all my wated breath trying to discuss the greenie’s vision with a greenie. To repeat a previous comment – to think of what all that money could have done instead of lining a few pockets.


JB Goode says:
August 9, 2013 at 11:59 am
About the plug
Who said it is an electric plug in the first place?
Butt plug? Nah…. well maybe, depending on how you may look at it.


It is ironic that the LAST people who should be trying solar are the northern Europeans. There simply is no sun there, or only a bit in summer, if they are lucky. I’m convinced it would work in the sub-tropics and tropics and the Sahara for example. This is where they should be investing Solar. Imaging a solar roof anywhere in Brazil for example, they would not need any outside energy source for the whole year. Ironically they have heaps of hydroelectric power too!


“Slowly but gradually” was a poor start. It should have been “Slowly but inexorably” or something like that. (The rest was fine.)

Tim OBrien

Now the next round of scammers will come up with the idea to form corporations to recycle the component parts of wind turbines and solar panels. The governments could pay them money to clean up the ‘visual blights’ on the landscape. And the money goes round and round…

If you need any photos faking up ..then nip over to ask SkS I believe they are expert at photoshopping stuff

I have a different take on all this

bum’s rush
noun Slang.

1. forcible and swift ejection from a place: When they began to cause a disturbance, they were given the bum’s rush.
2. any rude or abrupt dismissal: He gave the pesky salesman the bum’s rush.

All the other online dictionaries had basically the same meanings given. But where I grew up “giving someone the bum’s rush” also meant
3. buffaloing people into believing something and going along with it right away (and getting their money in many cases) out of sheer force of will, and before the people had a chance to think about it.
I am growing into an understanding that the warmists knew they only had a limited amount of time to get everyone on board, before two things happened:

A. The steep temperature slope flattened out
B. The invoices began arriving and the people realized the cost was unsustainably high

With A., they needed to be able to declare, “SEE? Our solutions are working!”
With B., the needed to GET the money and programs in place and hope that policymakers would say, “Well, we’ve already put so much money into it already, so we should see it through.”
HTF they expected for people to keep going on such an expensive, no-result policy until 2100 no one will ever know.
But also, even with the 2. definition of “bum’s rush” given above, that is EXACTLY what they did with anyone who disagreed with them, to try to hustle us out of the auditorium before people could hear what we had to say. And after they tossed us unceremoniously out in the alley, they would go back to the podium and character assassinate us and our message.
p.s. —– I would also add a sincere THANK YOU to the Mr Deep Throat of CLIMATEGATE, for his waking people up and getting people to consider that maybe “Hide the decline” and “Mike’s NATURE trick” meant they were being given the bum’s rush. People began to question, and we could not be where we are without Climategate.
November 19th, 2009, a date which will live in infamy – among the warmists!