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One by one, we have seen the 2020 candidates for the Democratic nomination — both presumed and declared — voice support for a “Green New Deal.” The mere fact that this idea is being taken seriously should be of concern to every freedom loving American.
The Green New Deal is truly a Greenist Manifesto: a call for reviving old socialist ideas, but this time, with green characteristics.
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The list of “green” proposals is as comprehensive as it is fanciful: reaching 100-percent renewable power, building a nation-wide smart grid, upgrading every building for energy efficiency, eliminating greenhouse gases from industry and transportation, and funding massive investment in a “drawdown” of greenhouse gases, among others. All within a mere 10 years.
A low-end attempt to estimate the cost of these proposals adds up to many trillions of dollars per year. But even before considering the astronomical cost, there is a more practical barrier: the bounds of technology and even physics. Simply put, these goals are not possible.
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Take 100-percent renewable power, for instance. In 2017, wind provided just 6.3 percent of electricity generation in the United States, with solar providing a mere 1.3 percent. And that is after decades of subsidies and federal and state mandates for renewable generation.
A recent estimate calculated that to simply generate enough electricity to meet current U.S. power demand, it would require covering 12 percent of the land area of the continental United States with wind turbines. That is more than twice the size of California of just wind installations.
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Wind and solar are also intermittent. Currently, natural gas or coal are used as a backup when renewables are down, but in this new green world, some alternative will need to be found, perhaps batteries. Vast acres of hugely expensive batteries, the technology for which has never been proved able to power...
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