Wind Energy: What About Those Subsidies? And, the Key Advantage over Natural Gas..

July 21, 2018

I really enjoyed interviewing Wind Developer Marty Lagina.
Marty came from an Oil and Gas background, he’s an engineer – but he has seen the opportunity in wind, and lately, solar development, around Michigan.

I asked him to address a common bugaboo that windbaggers bring up about renewable energy – the existence of subsidies.

My take is that just about every thing that we identify as part of modern America, starting with the Erie Canal in 1821, got a boost from a public/private partnership.

And, Marty correctly notes that fossil fuels still receive enormous amounts of government funds.

Climate Change News:

The study found that the world’s seven major industrial democracies spent at least $100 billion (£70 billion) a year to prop up oil, gas and coal consumption at home and abroad in 2015 and 2016 despite their pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

While France topped the overall ranking, the UK scored the fourth lowest score out of seven and the US was last. The data analysed does not cover the Trump administration.

Shelah Whitley, head of the climate and energy programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and lead author of the report, told DeSmog UK the research found that all G7 countries had increased their support for fossil fuel exploration since countries committed to limit global temperature rise “well below” two degrees under the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Describing the finding as “shocking”, she added: “Increased support for fossil fuel exploration is one of the most egregious activities that countries can be doing and directly counters their pledges under the Paris Agreement. Yet, they are still doing it.”

Scientists have previously warned that more than 80% of global coal reserves, half of all gas reserves and more than a third of the world’s oil reserves had to stay in the ground to prevent dangerous global warming of more than two degrees.

Co-author Ivetta Gerasimchuk, from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, said: “G7 governments committed to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies back in 2009, but since then have made very little progress.

Below, Marty points out Wind’s key advantage over Natural Gas.

2 Responses to “Wind Energy: What About Those Subsidies? And, the Key Advantage over Natural Gas..”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Every time gummint enables a pipeline throughway, or helps clean up a pipeline or tanker spill, fossil fuels are being subsidized.

    I can imagine that transporting those humongous blades has its own risks (what happened to the blimp solution?), but nothing compared to the nasty-filled steel pipes snaking across the landscape, just waiting for a sloppy backhoe operator to cut into them so they can roar fire (as with gas pipelines) or contaminate aquifers (liquids).

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