Renewable energy: The Illusory solution
Renewable energy is proposed as the solution. The claim is that if we just stop using coal, natural gas, and oil and instead adopt solar, wind, and bio-fuels we can stop “dangerous carbon emissions” and halt global warming. Unfortunately, there are as many misconceptions about renewable energy as there are about climate science:
1) Renewables are very expensive. The energy produced by wind is much more expensive than coal and natural gas, solar is even more expensive. Worse, they provide intermittent energy. If you want to be able to flick on a light switch, conventional production plants have to remain on line. Wind and solar will never provide 24 hour/365 days worth of power.
2) Renewables provide on a pittance of energy. After 20 years of subsidies, more than 160,000 wind turbine towers have been installed across the world. Yet in 2010 these turbines provided less than 1% of the world’s energy.
3) Biofuels are a poor substitute for gasoline. After accounting for all the energy required to grow corn and refine ethanol motor fuel, about 4.5 gallons of corn ethanol are needed to replace the energy equivalent of 1 gallon of gasoline.
4) Renewables don’t significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wind turbines must be backed up by hydrocarbon plants that cycle on and off to track the intermittency of the wind, eliminating nearly all emissions savings. Burning ethanol fuel from corn emits more carbon dioxide that gasoline.
“The wind and the sun are free.” Al Gore 2009
Because renewables can’t compete cost effectively with hydrocarbon, nuclear, and hydro-power sources of energy, governments must force adoption. Subsidies, feed-in tariffs, loan guarantees, and legislative mandates are all policies used to boost renewables. Wind and solar are subsidized 30% to 50% by world governments, backed up by laws to force acceptance by utilities. Total direct and indirect subsidies for bio-diesel and ethanol across the world are $1 to $2 per gallon.
But even these incentives aren’t enough for climate alarmists. Efforts are underway to establish a “price on carbon” in the form of either a cap-and-trade carbon trading system or a direct carbon tax. By making coal, gas, and oil expensive, governments intend to artificially create a demand for renewables.
Is it really about Climate?
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.” Alexander King, founder of the Club of Rome environment think-tank, adviser to the United Nations (1991)
Besides Al Gore’s mansion and jetting around the world:
“We have pledged to be the greenest government ever. We must lead by example. We are not asking others to do things we will not do ourselves.” Charles Hendry, UK Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (2010)
Climate Minister Buys a Castle with 16 Bathrooms . . . and massive Carbon Footprint Daily Mail, Nov 18, 2011
Wisdom from Climatism?
“Eventually, we can get to a system where an electric company will be able to hold back some of the power so that maybe your air conditioner won’t operate at its peak…” Carol Browner, former US Energy and Climate Change Adviser (2009) (Research Smart Meters!)
Is it really about the Climate?
“Because the idea of climate change is so plastic, it can be deployed across many of our human projects and can serve many of our psychological, ethical and spiritual needs…We need to ask not what we can do for climate change, but to ask what climate change can do for us.” Mike Hulme, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and IPCC Lead Author (2009)
“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people…If I were a gambler, I would take even money the England will not exist in the year 2000.” Dr Paul Ehrlich (1971)
The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism by Steve Goreham is packed with much more information than is included in these 3 posts. Steve includes actual evidence of the fraud being perpetrated on the world, and it’s us who pay.
Billions of people today believe in man-made global warming, but year after year, temperatures do not follow model predictions, sea level do not rise abnormally, the polar bears thrive, and predicted disasters do not occur. (even though every storms is blamed on global warming) Citizen’s need to figure it out, the crash of Climatism will be thunderous. The vast funds spent in foolish efforts to fight global warming must be reallocated to solving the real pressing problems of mankind.
Need more reason to inform yourself and others?
“If we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of saving the world ecologically.” Judi Bari, environmental group Earth First
Think they aren’t well on their way to doing just that? Sheeple are being destroyed by socialist and communists around the globe, are you ready to fight back?
Climate activists aren’t going down without a fight, too much money and control at stake:
“When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards-some sort of climate Nuremburg.” David Roberts, Grist (2006)