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Bush Rapes U.S. Solar Companies

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It’s time to start dragging Bush Republicans out of their homes and urinating on their faces. If that is not possible, we should hold them down and rub human feces on their heads. Let’s just get this shit over with. They hate America and are doing everything they can to obliterate our future. They are corrupt, vile, devious creatures who deserve nothing but scorn and hate. What got me so riled up - besides tons of caffeine? Bush’s latest attempt to destroy solar energy. It’s pretty fucking amazing, considering the current state we find ourselves in.

 

I’ll get to the new solar bullshit in a minute, but first we should take a little trip into the past, back 10 years ago, when our government destroyed a U.S. owned wind power company. Ever heard of a company called Kenetech Windpower, formerly known as U.S. Windpower? No? That’s because it doesn’t exist anymore. Once it was the nation’s largest wind power producer, then our government murdered it.

 

Stanley Charren, who saw a future in wind as a power source, created U.S. Windpower in 1974. It began producing first generation wind turbines in the 80s. The company began attracting the biggest and smartest minds of alternative energy from around the world. They were leaders of wind power technology across the globe, which meant a U.S. owned company was poised to make a difference in alternative energy. Basically, they were kicking ass and taking numbers.

 

American wind power designers constantly sought breakthroughs. They wanted to bypass the drudgery of incremental development and bat a home run. American's leapt from one size to the next with little transition.

 

 

But the company was obviously fighting an uphill battle against Reagan retardation. (That’s the actual technical term.) Ronnie did everything he could to make sure alternative energy did not harm sweet, sweet Republican oil profits. He slowly repealed tax breaks and entitlements for wind power – but left the good old tax breaks for oil. Go figure.

 

By 1988, in fact, wind power sales plunged over 1,000 percent from their 1985 peak to a measly $67 million per year. As visions of wind power grandeur faded, many companies were forced out of business.

 

 

And yet, U.S. Windpower kept moving forward. The company renamed itself Kenetech and had long-term contracts with California that kept it crawling along. Then Kenetech had a break through: Model 33M-VS.

 

It used a variable-speed turbine that adjusted to the wind's speed, thus capturing more energy. Wear and tear was reduced, as was the costly maintenance required by traditional turbines. Furthermore, because the torque level was lower, the 33M-VS used less expensive parts and was about 25 percent less expensive to manufacture than the 56-100. The end result of Kenetech's efforts was that it had reduced the cost of generating a kilowatt-hour of electricity from $.075 to below $.05, suddenly making wind power cost-competitive with systems utilizing coal, natural gas, hydropower, or geothermal energy.

 

 

In 1991, Kenetech’s California contracts ran out, but the company struggled along – without the tax breaks given to big oil and even though oil prices were plummeting. The company began landing other large contracts with states like Maine and foreign countries, like Canada and Ukraine. Kenetech was also developing projects in Spain, Holland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Honduras, Costa Rica, New Zealand, India, China, Guatemala, and Egypt. A U.S. alternative energy company was poised to become a major global player. But our government wasn’t big on the idea.

 

In 1995, (Yeah, that’s Clinton’s time, dipshits. He was a Republican who called himself a Democrat) the EPA and the BLM suspended construction on a Kenetech wind-farm project in western Wyoming. Why? Turns out the EPA needed to complete an “environmental impact statement.” It was necessary because Clinton was a corporate whore who got on his knees and gobbled for every big company that came around. That was August 1995.

 

Turns out that if a struggling company is developing a large wind farm and you pull the rug out from under them, they fail. Kenetech declared bankruptcy in May 1996. In 1999 another company, Tacoma Power, completed the Wyoming Wind Project. The Foote Creeke Rim is one of the windiest places in the US.

 

Now, you’re probably asking why this is such a big deal. An American company called Tacoma Power developed the wind farm in the end, so it ends will, right? Wrong. What happened was Reagan and Clinton combined to destroy an American company that was the leader in wind power technology. After the destruction of Kenetech, the torch was passed to European companies, like Vestas, who are now the leaders of wind power technology. Americans could be building the fucking things and leading the way, but we're not.

 

We still have GE, but that has not stopped European companies from pouring into the country and consolidating control of U.S. renewable energy space. We are now back in the pack. We should have been first. Reagan killed the tax cuts and Clinton landed the final blow.

 

In the 80s, the U.S. had over half of the installed wind capacity worldwide. The USA gradually lost its leadership when the cuts Ronald Reagan made to Jimmy Carter’s programs to develop renewable energy began to undo the initial progress.

 

 

But why stop at just wind power? We are America, after all. We can't lead the pack in anything. Not with the retards we call leaders. Yes, our wonderful president, George Bush, is attacking solar power with the exact same plan.

 

Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years.

 

 

How many American companies will die a miserable death because of this move? How will it affect America’s standing in this burgeoning solar market? How will if effect the amount we pay for energy?

 

According to the bureau, the applications, which cover more than one million acres, are for projects that have the potential to power more than 20 million homes.

 

 

Oh, and don’t forget that Republicans are blocking Congress from renewing tax credits from solar companies, while blocking the elimination of tax breaks for oil companies.

 

The industry is already concerned over the fate of federal solar investment tax credits, which are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress renews them. The moratorium, combined with an end to tax credits, would deal a double blow to an industry that, solar advocates say, has experienced significant growth without major environmental problems.

 

 

The Bureau of Land Management owns 650 million acres of land, much of that in the hot west. It is the most valuable land in terms of solar energy potential. Bush just destroyed the solar business in the U.S. This is another epic disaster from the Bush White House.

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Wow, talk about a supercharged post, nice job neural link. Just another example of how we need to get the republicans out of office.

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Wow, talk about a supercharged post, nice job neutral link. Just another example of how we need to get the republicans out of office.

I believe another lesson here is that republicans and democrats (Clinton) are to blame. We need a president who will pursue these alternative forms of energy aggressively. And I for one am highly doubtful about McCain's energy plan, which, in the words of Bush, should be named Operation Nukeular America (A is not pronounced).

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I'm as anti-Bush as the next guy, but there's plenty of blame to go around, here. I recently read about that one reason for the EIS delays is that some environmentalists oppose solar farms. They want solar to be produced closer to cities, to avoid the need for new transmission lines. Meanwhile, we do nothing.

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Sigh, at least if the world comes to Armageddon, I'll know who it was so I can lobby God to send them on a one-way ticket to hell.

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the problem with the idea of solar farms and wind farms is that concept of 'farms' defeats the entire idea of decentralized energy systems. the whole point of autonomous renewable energy systems is that it is very localized in nature. keep the existing grid as a 'back up' and maintenance function to regulate the flow of energy. but install the renewable systems on every building or property in which one can.

 

take for example the radnor middle school (PA) which uses a number of technologies to achieve LEED status. or the friends central school (PA) which is likely to be entirely off the power grid.

 

its more than possible to design each and every new home to be at least seasonally self-sufficient.

 

but keeping these buildings connected to the grid gives them an opportunity to sell electricity back to the utilities in times when energy produced > energy consumed and purchase it back when the reverse is true. systems for such electricity trading already exist with utilities. no reason it couldnt be employed on widescale.

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Wow, talk about a supercharged post, nice job neu *deleted*t*deleted* ral link. Just another example of how we need to get the republicans out of office.

 

 

But for the grace of God, Rayl didn't notice this the first time.

 

 

you might not be so lucky in the future......

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But for the grace of God, Rayl didn't notice this the first time.

 

 

you might not be so lucky in the future......

 

Thanks, and fixed

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I agree with everything here. I dont want to make a big issue out of this - but rape is not an appropriate verb here. Rape is really really bad...

Bush didnt rape the companies, he harmed them.

 

Dont freak out about this

 

Bush is killing off the industry. Rape is very appropriate here.

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Guys and gals, am I being too optimistic to think the following: That some day in the future, the majority of humans will realize they really don't need those big screen tvs, SUVs, or even cars (public transportation), the newest high-tech toys, more and more expensive healthcare (because we'll get better at working out and eating healthier), more and more consumption to show off wealth, even bigger houses, and more and more.

 

It seems to me that those are such simple solutions to what we call "complex" problems. I would blatantly curse right now, but this forum isn't the ideal for that.

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Chris Rayl, your post was great at detailing the sad history of U.S. wind power, but how is all of this the fault of the Bush White House?

 

Seems like people just don't like wind power.

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Bit overzealous, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups have been lobbying for a review of these lands for years. Licensing requests had piled up to some 150/60. I admit that the policy was ridiculous, but still...

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