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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 679 -- Green Energy.

Obama's "Green"print Bad For America-

This map comes from the Institute for Energy Research:

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Washington, DC – Though proponents of so-called government-funded ‘green jobs’ often reference the ‘success’ European countries have enjoyed in their experiments with such regulations and mandates, a study released today in the United States sheds new light on Germany’s experience with renewable energy and heavy taxpayer subsidies. Entitled ‘Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies: The German Experience,’ the study was published by German think tank Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI).

According to the study, “Germany’s experience with renewable energy promotion is often cited as a model to be replicated elsewhere, being based on a combination of far-reaching energy and environmental laws that stretch back nearly two decades.” Researchers add this: “German renewable energy policy … has failed to harness the market incentives needed to ensure a viable and cost-effective introduction of renewable energies into the country’s energy portfolio.”

Green energy mandates would add an incredible burden on regular voters. I am not sure this is the change that Americans were voting for.

It is interesting that Texas and California both are lower than the national average. The New York Times had an interesting article about the different approaches Texas and California are taking toward promoting alternative energy:

Rick Perry, bashes the Environmental Protection Agency at every opportunity, and recently branded the climate bill that passed the House of Representatives a “legislative monstrosity.”

Yet the oil-and-gas state has nonetheless emerged as the nation’s top producer of a commodity prized by environmentalists: wind power. Eager developers are covering its desolate western mesas with giant turbines. The world’s largest wind farm began operations in Texas this month, and the state now has close to three times as much wind capacity as Iowa, the second-ranked state.

This achievement puts Mr. Perry’s state in odd company. The race for clean-energy leadership is on — and big red Texas is going head-to-head with the gung-ho greens of California.

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Texas’s secret, besides strong winds and lots of land, is its lack of regulation. Wind developers rave about the fact that, in essence, they need few state permits to build a turbine farm. They deal mainly with local officials, who are generally permissive (energy, after all, is a well-loved commodity in Texas).

Texas is going green in many ways, without inflicting crippling mandates and fiscal bankruptcy upon itself. All Texans really want is to be left alone by the federal government; if the feds throw cap and trade and a bunch of other new environmental mandates and regulations on Texas (which is already happening slowly but surely), it will harm our traditional energy sector, which remains critical for our country for decades to come. It may also stifle and undermine the emerging successes Texas has achieved in "green" energy.

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