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Posted by Giga2 on April 7, 2011, 8:35 am

That is true, there are often unintended consequences.

To do with speeding up that process.

Posted by Bill Ward on April 7, 2011, 3:41 pm
On Thu, 07 Apr 2011 09:35:09 +0100, Giga2" <"Giga2 wrote:

Can you think of any examples where subsidies actually worked?  In my
experience, they simply divert money away from the alternatives that
private investment prefers in favor of government favorites.  In turn,
that money attracts the best talent into projects that can clearly be
seen to be doomed to failure, but hey, a job's a job.

Like corn ethanol, for example.  Pimentel warned early on it takes more
net energy to make ethanol than you get from burning it.  Or hydrogen
fuel cells.  At least 16% of the energy is lost at the git-go because the
recombination is exothermic, forcing the cells to have a max eff of 84%.  
The list goes on and on - ever heard of bubble memories?

Windmills were mature technology a century ago.  Basic physics hasn't

Posted by Giga2 on April 7, 2011, 7:11 pm

Specifically right now, in Germany, in Tom's decision I see subsidies at
work for the good. It is not really a question of picking technologies in
this case. It is going to be PV, wind, etc etc, all of them are going to be

Posted by Bill Ward on April 7, 2011, 7:56 pm
 On Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:11:28 +0100, Giga2" <"Giga2 wrote:

I think it's way too early to come to that conclusion.  I don't see any
reason it will turn out any differently this time than all the others.

I want a subsidy for my hamster wheel generator, then.

Posted by Giga2 on April 8, 2011, 7:48 am

You might get it : )

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