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Preaching green faith, socialist trust, and pixie dust, the Green New Deal is more fantasy than fact. America's new Green Energy Pixie, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been waving a magic wand, conjuring up the money for this fantasy, claiming that it will materialize out of thin air!
Apparently, the physical impossibility of green energy-harvesting to generate America's electricity needs in less than a decade escapes Brooklyn's Tinkerbelle.
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Prestidigitation aside, what would it take to green-generate all her home state's electricity? Let's run some numbers in the real world.
New York State has always been a leader in renewable energy, currently generating 29% of all electricity with renewable power sources. The lion's share, 24%, is generated from hydro-electric by Niagara Falls. Wind is 3% with 1,200 turbines, followed by solar and biodiesel at 2%.
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Niagara Falls, a natural hydroelectric corridor, generates 2.6 gigawatts. Putting that in a perspective for Miss Cortez, that would power two flux capacitors in Doc Brown's DeLorean.
New York State generates 33% of its electricity from nuclear reactors. Replacing those nukes with wind turbines is viable yet expensive. Building twelve thousand land-based turbines rated at 1 to 1.5 MW costing around $1,600,000 each, or $19 billion, is not the only cost. Erecting these 300-foot-tall turbines at a rate of four per day would take at least ten years. Shutting down and remediation of six remaining nuclear reactors will take 60 years at about two billion dollars each, according to the NRC. Another cost: Turbines fail when the wind is not within their range of operation and need a backup generator. Add in another 3.3-billion-dollar expense, according to the U.S. EIA, to build natural gas backup generators. Total estimated cost: 34.3 billion dollars for one third of NYS's electricity. The best data from actual wind farms globally puts the ROI at 21.5...
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