In the Post Truth World Wind is Already ‘Powering’ the Globe for Free


The experts lie about renewable energy
Herald Sun
Terry McCrann
29 November 2016

THE first and most important thing to understand about global warming true believers and the pushers of so-called “renewable energy” is that they lie.

They lie effortlessly, seamlessly, continuously and without the slightest sense of shame. They lie deliberately and carelessly and casually, and even when they don’t realise they are lying. They lie without the slightest sense of self-awareness and with all the pomposity of stupidity aforethought.

We’ve just seen a stunning, but all-too characteristic example: a lie as big as it was stupid and undoubtedly a product of an overdose of the warmist Kool-Aid cocktail of choice — denial of reality and fevered embrace of global warming theology.

Last month the Paris-based International Energy Agency issued its latest ‘World Energy Outlook,’ which contained a truly startling claim.

Now the IEA used to be a sober international agency, comprised of real energy experts and built on old-fashioned expertise. It compiled and published global energy statistics — what fuels we were using, where they were produced, what the production outlook was, and so on.

Over the past 20 or so years, like all such international agencies such as the IMF and the OECD, it succumbed to the “greatest moral challenge of our time” more accurately known as Global Warmism. Kool-Aid became the house beverage not of choice but of mandatory consumption.

So the end product of the utter debasement of a once-rational and useful institution is a sentence like this: “Renewables have surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world.”

It is a claim so utterly ludicrous, so instantaneously false, that in any other context it would be stunning and a generator of endless ridicule.

It’s tantamount to claiming electricity-powered cars have overtaken petrol-driven ones on the world’s roads.

But in this space it not only passed unremarked and uncontradicted, but was actually picked up and repeated as a thunderous endorsement of the idea — really, the ultimate unicorn — that wind and solar had vanquished coal.

Propagandists like the Climate Media Centre put out a press release headed: “Renewables overtake coal as world’s largest source of installed power;” making the claim even more emphatically in the first sentence of the release — “Renewables are now the largest source of installed power capacity in the world” — with the authority of an accompanying hotlink to the IEA report.

That’s at one end of the substantive analytical spectrum; towards the other end — or at least as the publication likes to see itself — we had TheEconomist repeating the claim in its latest issue.

Like the IEA, TheEconomist used to be a substantive publication located in factual analysis and reality. But in the past decade or so it’s succumbed to its own unique cocktail of pomposity, political correctness and, yes, warmism.

So it’s devoted its front-cover and main editorial this week to denouncing the “Trump era” in relation to climate change — although, bizarrely this was accompanied by a special report on the dominant role of oil in the world.

The Economist’s editorial contained, yup, that same sentence: “Last year was the first in which renewable energy surpassed coal as the world’s biggest source of power-generating capacity.”

In all three places — and how many dozens if not hundreds of others? — the sentence was completely and ludicrously false.

According to the latest figures from the very same IEA, in 2014, coal produced 40.8 per cent of world electricity. How much came from wind and solar? Well, they don’t make the individual cut; they are in the category “other” which includes a variety of primitive electricity generations and added to 6.3 per cent.

IF we add in hydro which is 16.4 per cent, an over-estimate for “renewable” would be 22.7 per cent. It did not leap from there to more than 40 per cent in a single year.

Indeed, as the IEA report which contained the startling and completely wrong claim itself noted: total new renewable generation capacity added to just 153GW (gigawatts), including 66GW wind and 49GW solar.

That points you to the “explanation”; but in doing so, also why I explained how these people lie carelessly and even when they don’t realise it. The claim should have been about new or additional generation capacity. But even then, it would be an effective lie, because 1GW of coal or gas-fired (real) power generation equals about 3GW of wind and solar so-called “capacity”.

Because as I keep reminding you: when the wind don’t blow and the shine don’t shine …

So in terms of real power generation capacity, new coal generation capacity around the world almost certainly still exceeded that of new wind and solar last year. And total existing coal generation capacity utterly swamps the piddling amount of wind and solar.

That 115GW of new wind and solar — more realistically, perhaps 40GW of real capacity — equals less than 1 per cent of the more than 6000GW of electricity generation capacity in the world, the overwhelming majority of which is natural gas, oil and the biggest, coal: all CO2 producing fossil fuels.

No, I don’t excuse it as a “slip of the tongue”. It was put in a formal report from a supposedly “expert” authority. But further, it was done deliberately, to foster the sense of an overwhelming tide towards wind and solar.

The deliberate “slip of the tongue” lie was done to promote the bigger lie. It was picked up and re-lied by the Climate Media Centre in exactly the same endeavour and with the same total lack of self-awareness and indeed almost hysterical self-delusion.

The whole Economist editorial, by the by was a wall-to-wall, start-to-finish essay in classic warmist self-delusion, wishful thinking and utter denial of reality.

It opened by describing those ludicrous events in Paris last year as an accord to “fight global warming;” yet 2000 or so words later noted that the Paris agreement “was always likely to fall short of its goal of limiting global warming to within 2 degrees”. Some fight, then.

The editorial’s most delicious — utterly unknowing — sentence was that “the path to a greener future still remains open”.

I agree absolutely. The Paris “agreement” mandates that China and India can keep increasing their — and so, almost certainly also the world’s — emissions of CO2. And the evidence is clear and undeniable: more CO2 means a greener planet.
Herald Sun


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We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. Brian Johnston says:

    How can the Paris based IEA say what they did when
    1) Solar needs a grid to operate the inverter
    2) A windmill cannot boil a jug

    If windmills worked and produced a 50hz 230volt supply then in theory windmills would operate without a grid. Once up and running the windmills would supply the energy to each other. The only time the grid would be required is when all windmills are stationary at the same time.

    The windmill harmonics are so out of balance they produce voltages in the earth system which is dangerous

    When does Weatherill go to gaol

    When is the whole wind turbine industry going to be exposed

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  3. Jackie Rovensky says:

    Entrenched ability to lie and lie and lie has become such a meal ticket, it seems that some media sources will only speak with and quote those who talk the same line of deceit.
    Truth has taken a backstage position for too many of those we used to look up to – those in professions that once sought and promoted truth. You have to wonder how many of today’s students will become future liars, those who their ‘hero’s’ use as sounding boards for their personal acclaim.
    It would seem this rush of liars has infiltrated just about every aspect of our system of decision making and its decision makers.
    If we do not gain control back from these people that have wormed their way into the very fabric of our society and Governments we will before we know it have lost the last vestiges of academic truthfulness and handed it to manipulating, money grabbing, string pulling, despots.

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  5. Terry McCrann is correct, thanks at least in part due to increased atmospheric CO2 levels, the world as a whole is indeed on course for a greener future.

  6. Son of a Goat says:

    Right on the money!

    Just look at the Clean Energy Council and its merry band of spruikers with tweets “wind and solar are now the lowest cost of new generation”. There is no accountability whatsoever in comments from the renewable industry.

    The same applies to the consultants and their companies that give wind farms the tick of approval.

    SA is a train wreck. The Labor Party here knows it has a one way ticket to the moon. Unfortunately it now becomes every politician for himself thinking about life after politics ie the attorney general has put himself up and been appointed as special counsel.

    Watch very closely who the state government deals with in procuring its own power purchase agreement, if it’s not from a gas generator a lot of questions should be asked.

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