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Portugal – The perfect example of how the ”Green” economy destroys a country and sends it into the Abyss

19 april, 2011

Below is an insider’s perspective of Portugal’s “Green” madness from EcoTretas. With ALL the NOW so well-known and typical ingredients from this Global Warming Hysteria.

Read, and be truly horrified over how our “intelligent” politicians on purpose are committing economic hara-kiri (Seppuku) for “our” countries.

And, as I have sad on many occasions, it is we the common people who have to pay the gigantic price for this madness.

The end result of a “Green economy”

Your country next?

http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2011/04/dark-economy-inside-perspective.html

A Dark Economy – an inside perspective

Many of my international readers should know that Portugalis seeking a rescue package. The reason for the bailout? Strange as it may seem: a green economy that has gotten dark, so much darker… Portugalwill be the ONLY country in the World, according to the IMF (check out Table 2.2), that will have a GDP negative growth in 2012! José Sócrates, Environment Minister between 1999 and 2002, and Prime Minister since 2005, is the person behind this tragedy. His green vision has brought Portugal some recognition amongst greenies, but mainly a dark future!

Almost everything imaginable in this Green promise has gone wrong. Murphy’s law at its best:

Portugal was the first country with wave power in the world, at Aguçadoura; it broke down only two months later. Portugal has one of the biggest solar photovoltaic power stations in the World, at Amareleja, owned by Acciona, a Spanish company. The huge feed-in tariffs being paid for this solar energy is being sent to our neighbors…

Wind power has been a big bet. Big promises included green jobs, but the truth is that they are only a few thousands… The reality is that the more the wind blows, the poorer we get. This is true because wind feed-in tariffs are much higher than energy prices in the spot market.

With such a high share of wind energy, dam construction has started, so that they can be used for energy storage. A double cost, which would not be needed, if wind energy was not so big. But it doesn’t stop here: gas power stations had to be paid for being in standby, rising even more the indirect costs of wind power.

Portugal has boasted that it exported electricity energy for the first time in 2010. The truth is that most of that energy was exported at zero cost, a strange concept with an easy explanation: when wind blows, especially at night, energy consumption is low; the same does occur also in Spain, so they don’t need the energy. Spain exports it through France, and gets our excess energy for free. Once again, Portuguese consumers and taxpayers are subsidizing other richer countries…

It isn’t no surprise that electricity prices are very high in Portugal. Despite slightly above the European mean value, the low income means that energy is comparably much more expensive in Portugal. And this is only half of the picture, as the KWh energy price accounts for only about 40% of the electricity bill, the rest being taxes and subsidies…

Gasoline and Diesel also have very high prices in Portugal, amongst the biggest in the World. The reason: multiple taxes and subsidies paid at the gas pump. All this has a great impact on the Economy, and is the main reason behind fuel tourism to Spain, where prices are much lower. In fact, they are so much lower, that near the border, people drive 50Km or more just to fill the tank!

Lately, things have gotten even worse. Sócrates is pushing for electric cars, but nothing in those cars is being made in Portugal. Once again, we are effectively paying for R&D being made somewhere else, without any advantage for the country. Despite being one of the countries with the highest lithium reserves in the World, no value is added in Portugal.

Portugal also has some well proven gas reserves. Despite that, they are not being explored, with tourism fears being invoked. My view is that Sócrates wouldn’t go this way, as it is not green… And despite potential shale gas reserves being pointed out, no one talks about it in Portugal!

And I could continue. Talk about CO2 compensations sent to other countries, projects involving offshore wind or even more expensive solar energy. The truth is that the green promise has brought us a dark future. Remember this the next time someone tries to sell you a green economy…

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Over 500 scientists behind the Manhattan declaration!

22 april, 2008

Manhattan deklarationen (”Global warming” is not a global crisis”) släpptes den 4 mars i år i New York under the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. Nu har man kommit med en uppdaterad lista på alla vetenskapsmän (över 500 st) som undertecknat och stöder deklarationen.

De måste INTE ha lyssnat på Al Gore, IPCC et consortes som ju hävdar att det råder ”konsensus” och ”att debatten är över” och ”att det inte finns något att diskutera” samt att de är ”omoraliskt att ens ifrågasätta det hela”

Listan med alla namn finns efter deklarationen nedan.

Se även dessa inlägg från konferensen: The 2008 International Conference on Climate ChangeBasic Greenhouse Equations ”Totally Wrong” – ytterligare ett anförande från konferensen i New YorkFrom Climate Alarmism to Climate Realism – Václav Klaus anförande på konferensen den 4 mars

News release finns här:

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=1

Hundreds Sign Climate Realist Declaration ‘Global Warming’ is not a Global Crisis

International Climate Science Coalition releases signatories to the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

(Ottawa, Canada – April 22, 2008) The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) today released the names of over 500 endorsers of the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change that calls on world leaders to ”reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as well as popular, but misguided works such as ‘An Inconvenient Truth.'” All taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) should ”be abandoned forthwith,” conclude declaration signatories.

Included in the endorser lists are world leading climate scientists, economists, policymakers, engineers, business leaders, medical doctors, as well as other professionals and concerned citizens from two dozen countries. The complete declaration text, endorser lists and international media contacts for expert commentary, may be viewed at http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/media1.php.

 Perhaps most significant among the declaration’s assertions:

”[T]here is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.”

”[A]ttempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change. Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing human suffering.”

 ”Just as the Manhattan Project was key to finally ending the World War II, the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change may one day be regarded as a critical catalyst that helped end today’s climate hysteria,” said ICSC Science Advisory Board member Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University in Australia. ”Protecting the natural world is crucially important, and so environmental policy must be based on our best understanding of science and technology coupled with a realistic appreciation of the relevant economics and policy options. This is not happening in the climate debate.”

ICSC Chair, Professor Tim Patterson of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada concludes, ”Instead of wasting billions restricting emissions of CO2, a vitally important gas on which all life depends, governments must concentrate on solving known environmental problems over which we have influence – air, land and water pollution being obvious examples.”

 The ICSC is an association of scientists, economists and energy and policy experts working to promote better public understanding of climate change. ICSC provides an analysis of climate science and policy issues which, being independent of lobby groups and vested political interests, is an alternative to advice from the IPCC. ICSC thereby fosters rational, evidence-based, open discussion about all climate, and climate-related, issues.

Manhattan declaration finns här:

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=1

 Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change

 ”Global warming” is not a global crisis

We, the scientists and researchers in climate and related fields, economists, policymakers, and business leaders, assembled at Times Square, New York City, participating in the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change,

 Resolving that scientific questions should be evaluated solely by the scientific method;

Affirming that global climate has always changed and always will, independent of the actions of humans, and that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant but rather a necessity for all life;

 Recognising that the causes and extent of recently-observed climatic change are the subject of intense debates in the climate science community and that oft-repeated assertions of a supposed ‘consensus’ among climate experts are false;

Affirming that attempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 emission reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change.  Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing human suffering;

 Noting that warmer weather is generally less harmful to life on Earth than colder:

 Hereby declare:

That current plans to restrict anthropogenic CO2 emissions are a dangerous misallocation of intellectual capital and resources that should be dedicated to solving humanity’s real and serious problems.

That there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.

That attempts by governments to inflict taxes and costly regulations on industry and individual citizens with the aim of reducing emissions of CO2 will pointlessly curtail the prosperity of the West and progress of developing nations without affecting climate.

That adaptation as needed is massively more cost-effective than any attempted mitigation, and that a focus on such mitigation will divert the attention and resources of governments away from addressing the real problems of their peoples.

That human-caused climate change is not a global crisis.

 Now, therefore, we recommend –

That world leaders reject the views expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as well as popular, but misguided works such as ”An Inconvenient Truth”.

That all taxes, regulations, and other interventions intended to reduce emissions of CO2 be abandoned forthwith.

 Agreed at New York, 4 March 2008.

 De tre listorna med forskare och vetenskapsmän som undertecknat deklaration fins här och alla namnen finns nedan:

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=48

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=62

Det finns även en fjärde lista med ”CITIZEN ENDORSERS OF THE DECLARATION NOT AT THE NEW YORK CONFERENCE” här:

http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=1

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