Sierra Club: Clean energy 'under siege' - The U.S. clean energy market is "under siege" at the federal and state levels by "powerful, free-spending" opponents, the Sierra Club said in a study.
I read the Sierra Club report which essentially blames the Koch brothers. The report is pretty much a condemnation of all groups arguing about the viability and affordability of clean energy as paid minions of Koch Industries and Exxon-Mobil.
But, what about the other side of the equation? What about the manipulative advertisement on the part of renewables advocates? I looked at data from US EIA over the last decade or so and the decreased rate of increase in emissions of CO2 appears a lot more closely tied to the increased use of natural gas fueled generation than it does to the increases in wind and solar installations. If one plots the percent decrease in CO2 emissions/MWh of total electricity generation, the result more closely matches a plot representing the increase in natural gas-fired generating capacity than it does a plot of the increase in wind and solar generating capacity.
So, who are the big money interests pushing the clean energies? The recipients of production tax credits (BP, Duke Energy, etc), the manufacturers of "green" energy equipment (GE, Vestas, etc), and developers of wind and solar projects. But, I am sure they are just doing for altruistic reasons--yeah, right! Kids are coming out of schools brainwashed into thinking wind and solar can make all the power needed to bring the benefits of electrification, which has done far more to help improve living conditions and mortality rates than it has harm them, while playing with their video games, smart phones, and other electric/electronic devices. There are reasons ships moved from sails to powered propulsion. There are reasons men invented electric lighting.
We need to keep pursuing "green" generating technologies on the R&D level but massive commercialization of expensive, non-dispatchable, unreliable electricity at the expense of the country's economy is not smart. NASA has been working with solar PV and fuel cells for a long time without making the breakthroughs that make these technologies economically viable. So more work is still needed, not burning the taxpayers and ratepayers with PTCs, cash grants, and RPSs.