State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The state Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy that I serve on has completed its schedule of four public hearings about proposed global warming legislation that would make dramatic and problematic changes to
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Here is the most damning point of the study:
Programs creating these jobs caused the loss of 110,500 jobs in other sectors of the economy like metallurgy, non-metallic mining, food processing, beverage and tobacco industries due to the subsequent increase in the cost of electricity.
The total subsidy Spain spent on renewable energy sources was $36 billion. In order to repay Spain’s historic debt caused by the subsidies to renewables, the study concludes electric rates would have to be increased 31 percent. Study researchers say the U.S., like Spain, would have to cope with higher energy costs or higher taxes by following Spain’s lead.
What’s more, the high cost of energy drives businesses away. Take Spain-based Acerinox, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of stainless steel. According to the study, the CEO of Acerinox during 2002, Victoriano Muñoz cautioned at that time that the price of electricity for consumers had increased 10.6 percent since the beginning of the decade, and that service had been interrupted dozens of times. Two years later, Acerinox decided to expand, not in Spain, but at plants in Kentucky (USA) and Columbia (South Africa). Hundreds of jobs were exported out of Spain.
In short, the study that can be viewed here reveals Spain’s energy regulator must decide whether residents and businesses need expensive and inefficient energy, or opt instead for affordable energy to get the country through its economic crisis. The same can be said for Wisconsin.
The study’s author writes that when it comes to the Spanish model the U.S. wishes to replicate, “the reality is far from what has typically been presented, and that such schemes also offer considerable employment consequences and implications for emerging from the economic crisis.” The study’s evaluation should be regarded as, the author says, a note of caution.
Given the devastating ramifications that could result with Wisconsin adopting proposed global warming legislation, calling the advice from the Spanish researchers a note of caution is an understatement.