As a result of the explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf, the barker at the industrial wind carnival finds another opportunity to claim that, with the continued generosity of US taxpayers and rate payers, they could replace oil as a source for electricity generation.
We thought a visual might be helpful. This pie chart comes from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Agency and represents the electricity generated from various sources. Take note at the contribution of Industrial Wind (not enough to earn a category) and Oil at 1.1%:
Source: US Electric Power Industry Net Generation, 2008 – Department of Energy
All the more reason to check out Robert Bryce’s “Five Myths About Green Energy” column and his new book, “Power Hungry – The Myths of Green Energy and the Fuels of the Future.” You can read Jon Boone’s comprehensive review of the book here.