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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lomborg on Denmark's Wind Revolution...

Anybody have more hard data on this???
Similarly, green initiatives will open new markets only if other nations subsidise inefficient technologies bought abroad. Thus, the real game becomes which nations get to suck up other nations' tax-financed subsidies. Apart from the resulting global inefficiency, this also creates a whole new raft of industry players that will keep pushing inefficient legislation, simply because it fills their coffers.

A good illustration is Denmark, which early on provided huge subsidies for wind power, building thousands of inefficient turbines around the country from the 1980s onwards. Today, it is often remarked that Denmark is providing every third terrestrial wind turbine in the world, creating billions in income and jobs.

A few years ago, however, the Danish Economic Council conducted a full evaluation of the wind turbine industry, taking into account not only its beneficial effects on jobs and production, but also the subsidies that it receives. The net effect for Denmark was found to be a small cost, not benefit.

Not surprisingly, the leading Danish wind producer is today urging strong action on climate change that would imply even more sales of wind turbines. The company sponsors the "Planet in Peril" show on CNN, which helps galvanize public pressure for action.

The crucial point is that many green technologies are not cost-effective, at least not yet. If they were, we wouldn't need to subsidise them.


Blogger Skinny Dipper said...

Agree or disagree, on David Suzuki's Nature of Things last night, he mentioned that Denmark is getting into wind turbines because the country does not want to be dependent on foreign oil. Who would want to be bound to the price and supply dictates of the Middle East and Russia? True, these wind turbines may be subsidized right now. However, Denmark won't face the shock of future price increases in oil or the lack of supply by disgruntled Russia or OPEC.

A little off topic, I would rather see the federal and appropriate provincial governments give money to public transit and inter-city transit than bailout the big three auto companies for their incompetencies.

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