Green Energy Hoax vs Real Power Sources

Conservative Talking Points pushes for energy independence coupled with clean but efficient power sources and fuels.  Government cannot mandate technology nor break the laws of physics by throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at the so-called problem.


Solar Power Fiasco

·        Solar power is 35’ per kilowatt compared to coal, gas and oil that costs 5’ per kilowatt. (Source: – June 2012)

·        Real demand for solar panels cannot be that great if 19 solar panel companies go bankrupt from 2011 to 2012.  (Source: Fox News – June 2012)

·        For an average size home a solar panel system costs about $10,000 per Kilowatt, or about $40,000.  Based on a 20-year life and 6% cost of money, that’s a monthly cost of $286.57. The monthly bill for the same amount from coal/gas generated power is $42.75. So where is the savings? (Source: The Albuquerque Journal – January 2009)


Wind Turbine Problems

·        Wind turbines aren’t that efficient since they typically generate only about one-fifth of the energy they'd make if they actually ran 24/7. (Source: Popular Mechanics – July 2011)

·        The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), an avian conservation group, observes that upward of 14 birds per megawatt of wind energy are killed each year, numbering more than 440,000. (New York Times – August 2011)

·        Wind turbines kill more bats than birds. Since bats save farmers $74 per acre, a paper published in the journal Science projects that bat deaths can cost $3.7 billion annually in crop losses. (New York Times – August 2011)

·        Wind turbine "blade thump" noise causes a human health problem known as Wind Turbine Syndrome.  These symptoms include: sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness and numerous other problems. (Source: Dr. Nina Pierpont – June 2009)

·        Homes located near wind turbines lose significant value. The Economic Financial Studies School of Business at Clarkson University cites losses of up to 45% on properties located within one tenth of a miles from new wind turbine facilities. (Source: Clarkson University – July 2011)

·        Wind power is not cheap and it still relies on government subsidies to remain competitive. Today’s wind turbine installations cost 5 cents per kilowatt-hour to run, making taxpayers swallow 44% of the cost. (Source: Freedom Works – July 2012)


Burning our Food for Fuel?

·        The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates that at least 37% of the 2011-12 US corn crop be converted to ethanol and mixed with the gasoline that powers our cars. (Source: The American – January 2012)

·        Since Americans are forced by our government to burn food for fuel, World Bank researchers estimated that the ethanol-induced price spikes forced 44 million people below the extreme poverty line of $1.25 per day. (Source: World Bank – January 2011)

·        Pilgrim's Pride Corp., the nation's largest chicken producer, closed a North Carolina chicken processing plant and six of 13 U.S. distribution centers due to the jump in feed costs.(Source: San Francisco Chronicle – April 2008)


Ethanol and Green Mandates Destroying Engines

·        The Coordinating Research Council just released a study that shows E15 can cause engine damage even in new cars.  (Source: Chicago Tribune – May 2012)

·        All fuels laced with ethanol degrade the vehicle's fuel efficiency, and the E85 blend reduces gas mileage between 30% and 40%. (Source: Bloomberg Business Week – May 2009)

·        Benjamin Mallisham, owner of a lawnmower repair shop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., said at least 40% of the lawnmower engines he repairs these days have been damaged by ethanol. (Source: MSNBC – August 2008)

·        The sad reality is that E10 (Ethanol) is NOT safe for marine motors. (Source: – May 2008)


Real Power Real Cost Effectiveness (Source: DOE)

·         Coal comprises 45% US electrical generation

·         Natural Gas comprises 24% US electrical generation

·         Nuclear comprises 20% US electrical generation

·         Hydro comprises 6% US electrical generation

·         Wind comprises 2% US electrical generation

·         Solar comprises 0.03% US electrical generation