The efforts of Western countries to stop global warming took a hilarious turn. Before we get there, let us recap the popular narrative.
The problem: Our earth is getting too hot due to all CO2-emitting technologies, such as gas-guzzling cars and farting cows.
A United Nations report has identified the world’s rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.
Burning fuel to produce fertiliser to grow feed, to produce meat and to transport it - and clearing vegetation for grazing - produces 9 per cent of all emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas. And their wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of another, methane, which warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide.
The solutions: Start using solar panels (takes care of CO2-problem from burning gas) and turn to Hinduism (takes care of cow problem).
We made up the second part, but solar panels as the cure for global warming has been accepted everywhere from Germany to Spain and California. Everyone accepts that sun does not pollute. So, all those places started to give people tax-incentive to install solar panels, so that initial investment in getting the solar panel up and running could save the planet for centuries, or that is what we are told.
Not any more !!
Few hard-working Chinese seemed to have foiled the plans of these do-gooders. The do-gooders of Germany, Spain and California thought that they could feed alternate-energy companies paying for their election budget. To their peril, the Chinese produced much cheaper solar panels than the domestic company, which should be seen as a boon for saving the planet. Unfortunately, the do- gooders do not see things that way. Spain installed a new tax on sun to make sure people do not buy solar panels that are too cheap !!
Readers are encouraged to read the following link, but here is the proposed change in a nutshell.
The Secretary of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal, signed a draft royal decree in which consumption taxes are levied on those who want to start solar power systems on their rooftops. The tax, labeled a “backup toll” is high enough to ensure that it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers.
If you get caught collecting photons of sunlight for your own use, you can be fined as much as 30 million euros.
If you were thinking the best energy option was to buy some solar panels that were down 80% in price, you can forget about it.
All we are waiting for is a theory from Al Gore that ‘proves’ that sun pollutes !!