But calling it one is a symptom of our bloated federal government.
By Michael Tanner
Recently the American Medical Association declared that it will consider obesity a disease. At first glance, it’s a minor story, hardly worth mentioning, but in reality the AMA’s move is a symptom of a disease that is seriously troubling our society: the abdication of personal responsibility and an invitation to government meddling.
No one denies that this country faces a massive (no pun intended) obesity problem. The United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, with more than a third of all Americans believed to be obese and another third considered overweight. Obesity leads to a host of both long- and short-term health problems and costs Americans more than $190 billion annually in higher medical costs, and possibly as much as $450 billion in indirect costs, such as lost productivity.
Which i wrote 3 years ago here: The disease FAT does not exist I guess better late then never that it gets more attention. I pity the poor suckers who fell and will fall prey to this multi-billion dollar industry. The medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, the diet guru’s, the food industry, the exercise/sport industry, the clothing industry all gain big bucks because of this callous, cynical manipulation of peoples fears. It’s beyond disgusting
Germany is cutting solar-power subsidies because they are expensive and inefficient.
In the words of the German Association of Physicists, “solar energy cannot replace any additional power plants.” On short, overcast winter days, Germany’s 1.1 million solar-power systems can generate no electricity at all. The country is then forced to import considerable amounts of electricity from nuclear power plants in France and the Czech Republic.
Indeed, despite the massive investment, solar power accounts for only about 0.3 percent of Germany’s total energy. This is one of the key reasons why Germans now pay the second-highest price for electricity in the developed world (exceeded only by Denmark, which aims to be the “world wind-energy champion”). Germans pay three times more than their American counterparts.
Moreover, this sizeable investment does remarkably little to counter global warming. Even with unrealistically generous assumptions, the unimpressive net effect is that solar power reduces Germany’s CO2 emissions by roughly 8 million metric tons—or about 1 percent – for the next 20 years. To put it another way: By the end of the century, Germany’s $130 billion solar panel subsidies will have postponed temperature increases by 23 hours.
Using solar, Germany is paying about $1,000 per ton of CO2 reduced. The current CO2 price in Europe is $8. Germany could have cut 131 times as much CO2 for the same price. Instead, the Germans are wasting more than 99 cents of every euro that they plow into solar panels.
It gets worse: Because Germany is part of the European Union Emissions Trading System, the actual effect of extra solar panels in Germany leads to no CO2 reductions, because total emissions are already capped. Instead, the Germans simply allow other parts of the EU to emit more CO2. Germany’s solar panels have only made it cheaper for Portugal or Greece to use coal.
In Germany at high wind electricity has a negative price, they have to pay their neighbors to please take the overload of their grid.
Windmill Boom Cuts Electricity Prices in Europe
However at low wind they have to buy electricity at spotprices and crank up coalfired powerstations on standby to produce power.
It’s all completely absurd.
Nice, especially if you have sunk 140 billion euro’s in your windfarms and now have to pay to get the electricity taken of your hands. Not exactly the smartest investment in the world.
Even more grating when your neighbors start to refuse to accept your electricity:
Poland closes border for German Electricity
Its a total mess, considering that Germany is in big trouble with their ambitious windprogram Germany’s Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems but they know where to get their money anyway, just up the price nationally German renewable surcharge to rise by 47 percent so just like Denmark Denmarks problem with wind they are now subsidizing the electricity of their neighbors by taxing their citizens and industry.
The concept of variable energy generation has been conclusively proven to be unworkable. In 10 to 20 years the generators need replacing, but with no revenue coming in they can’t even pay the original investment without supercharging the price rendering their economies incapable to compete with the many nations less obsessed with unreal doom-scenario’s.
Back to the drawing board.