Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Green Insanity! Organic Farmer, Thanks To Local Council, Faces Ruin.

"In northern New South Wales, a certified organic farmer of macadamia nuts is facing ruin because of the arbitrary decisions of a local government. In New South Wales local governments have the ability to declare "local environmental plans" under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979. These plans allow local governments to determine what can and can't happen on someone's property through a simple council decision.

This farmer's local council decided to rezone half of his property to what is known as E2. As described on the Environmental Defender’s Office website, the E2 zone is “for areas outside the national parks and nature reserves and provides the highest level of protection for high conservation value lands without actually locking them up in the public reserve system.” The EDO encourages its activists to “Look to see that council does not add any developments that would undermine the protection afforded to land zoned E2.”[2] 

This macadamia farmer’s council, dominated by Green councilors, has told him that he can’t construct buildings or fences on the part of his land that has been designated E2. He can't change the farming he currently performs. He can't change his crops. Basically he is told he can't do anything. Don't innovate, don't try to get better, just stand still, but pay your rates, public liability insurance and the bank.  

Not surprisingly, this farmer recently had a valuation performed which showed that the reclassification of his land has halved the value of his land. No compensation, no recourse whatsoever. A local council can effectively steal half of someone's asset and there doesn't appear to be anything he can do about it. Environmental fear and loathing campaigns, with prognostication of imminent demise, have clouded the self-evident loss of individual liberty and economic reality.

This is not an isolated example, 30 per cent of the Kyogle Shire is covered by an E2 designation in its draft local environment plans. "

I wonder how many Greens "Councillors" there are on Kyogle Shire Council?

Taxpayers Stuck Footing The Bill For Wind They Can’t Use or Sell

Taxpayers in Minnesota ended up paying $70 million more than they needed to for electricity in 2011 because of “green” energy mandates, according to the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA).

“Taxpayers already pay a high price to subsidize wind energy through billions in federal grants, loan guarantees and tax credits that prop up the ‘windustry,’” Tom Steward writes for the Minnesota State News.
“Now the bill for state renewable energy mandates is coming due with hundreds of thousands of Minnesota electric co-op and utility customers picking up the tab,” he adds.

A $70 million dollar tab, that is.

Related: Gov’t-Subsidized Wind Farms Told NOT to Produce Energy

“It’s an enormous subsidy. You have to add wind power, whether you need it or not,” said Mark Glaess, MREA executive director. “Right now we’re paying for wind we don’t need, we can’t use and can’t sell.”

So how did this happen?

The Renewable Energy Standard (RES) passed by the 2007 Minnesota State Legislature directs electric utilities to ramp up their percentage of renewable energy sales to 25 percent by 2025. Put another way, one of every four kilowatt hours must come from renewable energy by 2025. Unlike many other states, Minnesota does not exempt co-ops and municipal utilities from complying with renewable energy standards. To meet the state’s escalating demands, rural electric co-ops and utilities locked in long-term “take or pay” contracts to purchase power from wind farms.
However, a drop in demand due to the lagging economy and competition from natural gas pushed the price of energy down significantly.

"The RES exists in a sort of price vacuum. No matter that coal-generated power costs considerably less than wind. Dozens of Minnesota co-ops are stuck with higher, pre-recession prices for surplus wind power which must be bought and distributed,” Steward writes.

“The difference between what the wind power costs and what it resells for now adds up to tens of millions of dollars a year statewide with rural residents caught in the middle,” he adds.

Which means Minnesota taxpayers are stuck paying for “green” energy regardless of whether they can sell it.

Sounds just like what our mob of "Alternate Energy" clowns want for us thanks to the Global Warming Fraud.

Monday, April 23, 2012