by Greg Krehbiel on 8 February 2013
When legislators comply with the fantasy world requirements of the environmentalists — we should get rid of nasty coal and scary nuclear and make energy from sun and wind and smiles — the results are completely predictable, and Europe is seeing them now.
The thing is, worthy goals lie behind this stupidity. Coal is dirty and we should move away from it. Solar energy is great and we should use it more.
Yet there is a frustrating refusal on the part of environmentalists (and the legislators they have by the short hairs) to cope with reality. They seem to have fallen for some sort of conspiracy theory that the energy companies could do all these things if we only forced them to. It just takes an act of legislative will. If we have thousands of petulant little brats stomping their feet at the state house, we can make a new world of daisies and sunshine.
So they set sales goals for electric cars that don’t really work and nobody wants. They set quotas for “alternative energy” that doesn’t exist. They close down perfectly functional energy for fantasy energy. It is so incredibly stupid.
Of course we should move towards cleaner energy. I would like to see a day when the only reason somebody digs up coal is to look for fossils.
But we have to do it sensibly, with realistic projections made by engineers and people who understand energy markets — not by “activists” in Birkenstocks.
-- 2013-02-08 » Greg Krehbiel