More European Lessons and Questions for Senator Kerry


Today’s update from CCNet, published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, has a few headlines which leave us begging for Sen. John Kerry to provide examples of all of those successes with central planning building a “green economy” like the one he has designed on behalf of President Obama, in the form of the Kerry-Lieberman no-longer-a-global-warming-bill bill.  

Solar may be a renewable technology but government subsidies to it aren’t, Europe’s solar industry is learning.
–Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 18 June 2010  

Germany’s support for renewable energy is “breaking” the nation’s ability to pay for power and threatens the competitiveness of electricity producers, Handelsblatt cited a former [green] industry group leader as saying.
–Jeremy van Loon, Bloomberg 21 June 2010  

For each photovoltaic system, the Renewable Energy Act guarantees a feed-in tariff for 20 years, which is currently six times higher than the price of conventionally generated electricity. The additional costs are passed on to all electricity consumers. According to calculations by the RWI, the net cost for all photovoltaic systems built [in Germany] between 2000 and 2010 over the respective 20-year funding period add up to €85.4 billion in real terms. This value corresponds to more than one quarter of Germany’s federal budget.
– Handelsblatt, 21 June 2010  

As the Big Green Lie ramps up in preparation for cramming Kerry-Lieberman down in the Senate (paving the way to “conference-in” the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade in a lame-duck session, we’re hearing), remember this: When candidate and president Barack Obama told us to look at the countries he was modeling his “green economy” after, we did, and discovered they were all disasters. Now we’re told that those countries — remember, the very ones he told us to look to, because he was — are just anomalies.

So, where is that green-jobs marvel? Where do we look now? They aren’t saying. Senator Kerry, in issuing that proclamation, failed to indicate where we might find the success stories. As did the president in his address Tuesday night in which he suddenly stopped telling us where to look (even if, in effect, he told us where to go).


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