While the Obama administration was effectively ignoring the war in Syria and projecting weakness on the world stage, it hard at work fighting another war—the war against climate change.
Rather than brag about Obama’s steadfast determination to defend the nation against enemies near and far, liberal Democrats can tout the great strides it has made on the renewable energy front. Take that, Kim Jong-un!
The Powerline blog (via Maggie’s Farm) has the story of a new solar energy farm in Minnesota. It boggles the mind.
John Hinderaker writes:
Solar power is expensive, unreliable and environmentally destructive. So it doesn’t come into being through consumer demand; rather, by government fiat or subsidy. The federal government controls the military, so, sadly, our armed forces have been dragged into the government’s alleged fight against “climate change” to a humiliating degree.
The Minnesota National Guard’s facility at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, is a case in point. Yesterday, an array of public officials hailed the opening of a 60-acre swath of solar panels that will produce a pathetic amount of energy, during the daytime and assuming it isn’t cloudy.
Is this an efficient and effective way to produce energy in abundance and economically? Funny you should ask.
Hinderaker quotes Tom Seward:
Our military used to boast about its fire power. These days the brass brags about its solar power. The Minnesota National Guard has just unveiled the latest weapon in the war on global warming. It’s a 60 acre solar panel farm at Camp Ripley in north central Minnesota. Row upon row of 120,000 solar panels standing in precise military formation, the biggest solar installation at any National Guard base in the country.
But as turns out to be the case more often than not in Minnesota, sunshine proved to be elusive for the occasion.
What do sixty acres of solar panels produce, in the way of energy? Do they light up a city? Do they light up a state? Do they drive tanks and aircraft carriers? What about submarines? And besides, what happens to them during a thunderstorm... or other infelicitous weather event?
Hinderaker answers the burning question:
The solar facility can provide electricity for only 1,700 homes, a ridiculously small number, at “full capacity.” But solar installations never reach full capacity, and if it is dark or cloudy, they are irrelevant. No one would argue for ugly 60-acre scars on the landscape based on a cost/benefit analysis.
In Duluth, the best proxy for Camp Ripley, there are an average of 77 sunny days per year. Hey, that is better than one in five! Of course, they don’t have any sunny nights in Duluth, so there’s that.
Proponents of solar panels, in particular the Lt. Gov. of Minnesota, explain that they will reduce the number of storms in the state. It takes one’s breath away. How can anyone be that stupid? The answer is, it’s not about the science, it’s a religious belief.
But maybe it is irrelevant to point out how wrong the global warming alarmists are, and how severely their uneconomic installations damage the environment. Their doctrine is a religious faith that has nothing to do with science or history, and everything to do with government greed, so rational arguments are wasted on them.