Have you noticed the massive misdirection now going on? For the last couple of weeks, the internet has been filled with stories about how great wind energy did in 2012. See what they’re doing? All of those stories talk about last year, but it’s now August of 2013 and, as we recently noted, wind energy has fallen flat ever since. Last quarter, ZERO installations came online! Wind advocates are so worried the truth might get out that they’ve been trying to cover it up by feverishly writing story after story saying “Hey, did you hear about last year? Sure was great, wasn’t it?” Why would they do that? It’s not hard to understand. They can’t handle the truth and they’re doing damage control trying desperately to hide it from you.
Hey, look over there!
Any stage magician knows the way to pull off an illusion is simple misdirection. Keep waving your right hand while the left hand does the trick. He keeps your attention where he wants it and you miss what is happening right before your own eyes and those smiling assistants in skimpy outfits are a nice distraction, too. Pretty clever.
Unfortunately, wind energy is an illusion of mammoth proportions. It’s not magic, it simply doesn’t work. Without huge government support the industry dies. Last year the industry thought the PTC would expire and Section 1603 cash grants did expire and the industry went into a tailspin. Lisa Linowes has a nice explanation here. Some wind advocates say all energy sources get government support, and to some degree, that’s true, it would be better if the government was not involved at all, but “green energy” gets the most and one thing the “green energy” folks get that’s unique is the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS, or in Pennsylvania, the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. The government has written into law a requirement that utility companies use “renewable” sources for an ever growing portion of the energy they provide to their customers. Utilities are literally forced to buy it. Every other energy source has a free and ready market waiting, customers want what they’re selling, but “renewables” don’t. Renewables are intermittent, unreliable and expensive. Real customers know it’s inferior to conventional energy sources so the government is using the RPS to make it look like there’s a market for it, when there isn’t.
When much of the support went away at the end of last year, or the industry thought it would, wind energy collapsed, but you would never know it if all you read were the stories coming from wind advocates, according to them, everything is going fine, sort of like the Black Knight of Monty Python fame, “Tis but a scratch.”
When you see the trick, it’s no longer magic
So, keep your eyes open and pay attention. When the next story comes out breathlessly telling you about wind energy’s great success in 2012, just smile to yourself or laugh out loud. You know the truth, you won’t be fooled again, it’s just too bad so many people still are.