Here are another two reports that caught my eye. In EU Observer, a report that;
With only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets.
The governments of the six countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania) have woken up to the fact that meeting these arbitrary climate goals is hugely expensive and will put their countries at a competitive disadvantage versus other countries around the World. If only our government was so enlightened!
Meanwhile, across ‘the pond’, the US are also waking up to monster that is the renewables lobby. How familiar does this sound?
A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.
To ensure the opportunity didn’t slip away, lawmakers promised little or no regulation and generous tax breaks.
But now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms.
The full article is here and continues;
Opposition is also mounting about the loss of scenic views, the noise from spinning blades, the flashing lights that dot the horizon at night and a lack of public notice about where the turbines will be erected.
Oklahoma went from three farms with 113 turbines a decade ago to more than 30 projects and 1,700 active turbines today.
With the rapid expansion came political clout. The industry now has nearly a dozen registered lobbyists working to stop new regulations and preserve generous subsidies that are expected to top $40 million this year.
It ends with a quote from Texas Controller Susan Combs who says “It’s time for wind to stand on its own two feet”.