Flashback from Russ Hepler: The environmentalists constantly crow about how wind and solar energy are free and far better for the planet. But, they usually omit some important facts about the production and usage of both wind and solar energy that make it impossible to rely on as a major source of power for the world.
The following You Tube video explains the real problems with both wind and solar energy as a cheap, primary energy source for humanity.
Another fact usually overlooked by the environmentalist extremists is the impact these wind and solar generating systems have on the environment.
Investors.com reports about a major problem with solar energy plants the left will never admit and Obama’s EPA wants to ignore:
President Obama once praised it as a shining example of America’s clean energy future. “With projects like this one,” he said at the site of a solar plant just before construction started, “we’re putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy.”
And his Department of Energy showered $1.6 billion in loan guarantees, as well as $600 million in tax credits.
The plant is the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, a behemoth that uses hundreds of thousands of mirrors spread out over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. The mirrors all aim at the tops of three 459-foot towers, where the heat boils water in tanks held there, which generates steam to turn the electricity-producing turbines.
But it turns out that Ivanpah isn’t so squeaky clean after all.
According to the Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. , Ivanpah emits enough CO2 that it will “be required to participate in the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions.”
In its first year, Ivanpah emitted 46,000 metric tons of CO2. That’s about as much as a Frito Lay plant in Bakersfield emits.
How is that possible? It turns out that the Ivanpah plant uses natural gas to function.
First, it burns natural gas to pre-heat the water at the top of the three towers before the sun comes up. Then, the Press Enterprise explains, it “has auxiliary gas boilers that kick in whenever cloud cover blocks the sun.”
Ivanpah also has a nasty habit of cooking birds that happen to fly too close to the towers — 3,500 of them in its first year, according to the Desert Sun.
So, exactly as the video describes, this solar plant needs a backup, (in this case natural gas), in order to consistently put out power.
The down side of that is that this plant is actually emitting tens of thousands of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere – a “pollutant” Obama’s EPA is currently seeking to dramatically reduce.
And, on top of that, all those solar mirrors are destroying the local bird population in the area – literally roasting thousands of them each year.
You gotta love liberalism – looks good on paper – fails miserably in the real world!