On Sept 22, 2010, S.3813 the Renewable Electricity Promotion Act of 2010 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. Since Congress has not been able to pass cap and trade, the “green/clean” special interests are looking for alternate ways to push their agenda. This bill would cause higher electricity prices and have a negative impact on the United States economy.
This bill introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) would create a federal renewable electricity standard (RES) of 3% in 2012 and increases to 15% by 2021. Among the co-sponsors are both Colorado Senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall.
According to an article posted at powermag.com
Utilities would have to produce at least 11% of their power from wind, solar, biomass, or other renewable energy sources. The remaining 4% would be achieved through energy efficiency improvements.
This Editorial by Ken Haapala at Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) is well worth reading. (TWTW is the SEPP weekly newsletter)
Apparently re-invigorated by its August holiday, this week Congress renewed its anti-energy proposals. Several senators introduced a bill requiring a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that 3% of US electricity be generated by renewable by 2012 and 15% by 2021. Fred Singer discussed RES in his August 7 Science Editorial in TWTW. Government favored industries, such as solar and wind industries, require such a bill. The subsidies found in the stimulus bill run out at the end of this year and these the favored industries could not stand up to price competition from coal or natural gas. Nuclear and hydro are also out of favor.
As discussed previously in TWTW, American prosperity was built on reliable affordable energy, especially electricity. With reliable electricity, came great efficiency. Manufacturing can be conducted with precision, office workers could depend that the lights would turn on, elevators would work, and high tech industries could rely on dependable computer power. Solar, and particularly wind, give none of this. And the required generation from back-up sources uses these sources inefficiently. Also, there are serious questions weather wind generation actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
In effect, many of our political leaders would have us believe that the 21st Century prosperity can be obtained by replacing the dependable family car with an expensive to purchase and operate exotic car that often does not start and frequently dies in heavy traffic when it is needed the most. It may be a burden on others, but it makes the politicians “feel good” they have “done something” to address a non-existent problem.
We can fully expect that such legislation will be supported by the chorus claiming that climate extremes demonstrate the need for action. Another claim will be to reduce oil imports for foreign countries; but, as mentioned in a previous TWTW only 1.1% of electricity generation comes from oil. And, of course, we will be bombarded with green jobs – which economic studies show are extremely expensive, temporary, and, generally, foreign-based. “
Article posted at American Thinker, dated August 5, 2010
The Renewable Electricity Standard is a Hoax, a Fraud, and a Rip-off by S. Fred Singer
Heritage Foundation Article, dated Sept 24, 2010 Renewable Electricity Standard: Same as a National Energy Tax
Bingaman, Udall Introduce RES Bill