The Worldnetdaily assigned its boy wonder, Aaron Klein, to write an article about research being done on renewable energy generated by ocean tides. Naturally, the tone is skeptical, though devoid of good reasons for it. It’s all about those silly progressives, don’t you know.
Lawmakers, together with the progressive establishment, are asking for billions in funding to invest in an attempt to harvest energy from the ocean.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Barbara Boxer D-Calif., recently proposed a “Sustainable Technologies Finance Program” seeking $500 billion for investments in “wind, solar, geothermal, advanced biomass and biofuels, ocean and tidal energy, hydropower, advanced transportation projects, and energy efficiency technologies.”
The whole thing is funded by a tax on carbon emissions, which is an excellent idea. Even if you think global warming is hoax perpetrated by Al Gore and a certain Kenyan anti-colonial communist, it’s still a great idea for a huge variety of reasons. Even without global warming, the burning of fossil fuels is absolutely terrible for the environment and for public health. If we can replace the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, or at least a sizable portion of it, with renewable energy sources like solar, wind and ocean tides, everyone will benefit from it enormously.
Last week, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote an opinion piece at Roll Call hailing ocean energy as “an exciting opportunity for the United States to help advance the goal of developing clean, renewable energy, lessening our reliance on foreign oil, and creating new industries and thousands of rewarding jobs.”
Collins pointed to a tidal-energy project in her home state of Maine, the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, as the “first ocean energy project in the United States to deliver power to the electric utility grid.”
The project was funded by a $10 million Energy Department investment, with additional funds from the Maine Technology Institute and private investors.
For that amount of money, the device eventually built, called a TidGen, reportedly can produce up to 180 kilowatts of energy, or enough electricity to power only up to 30 homes annually.
And what would you expect, Mr. Klein? That a small research project of a few million dollars is going to power an entire city? It’s for research, for proving that it works and figuring out how it works most efficiently. Once you know this form of power generation works, you can move on to large-scale projects. But hey, anything to make those damn progressives and their hippie alternative energy look bad, right?