Peter Pan Power: Wind & Solar Obsession = Destructive Juvenile Fantasy

The wind and solar ‘industries’ are a lot like Peter Pan – the eternal child, who will fight, kick and scream to avoid the stark reality of adulthood.

How often have we heard the yarn about wind and solar power needing a fat pile of subsidies (filched from taxpayers and power consumers) for just that little bit longer to help it “mature”? And how, if the subsidies are cut off just now, we will snuff out a “brilliant, clean, green” renewable energy future?

Then there are the over-the-horizon promises that we’ll all soon be lovingly powered entirely by sunshine and breezes. The fact that no country has ever powered itself entirely with wind and solar (and never will) never troubles these pixie dream boys and girls.

But this juvenile fantasy has a serious and much more destructive aspect, as Donna Laframboise details below.

The Destructive Green Fantasy
Climate Change Dispatch
Donna Laframboise
10 April 2019

Our most widespread, most destructive fantasy is a tantalizing shade of green. It is a blind, stubborn, juvenile fantasy.

Too many of us believe good intentions are enough. If our motives are wholesome, nothing bad can possibly happen.

If we support the climate change crusade, a ‘better world’ will miraculously emerge. Virtuous jobs. Cities transformed. Clean water. Fresh air. Healthy children.

But lovely-sounding crusades often only sound lovely. We reside, after all, in a flawed, grimy, difficult real world.

There are smart ways and dumb ways of achieving any goal. Our current responses to climate change are killing people. They’re impoverishing families. They’re also a monstrous waste of money.

A new academic paper tells us that, contrary to the rosy promises about solar power improving lives, the “shift from fossil fuels” to renewable energy “has virtually doubled the price of electricity,” increasing the risk poverty.

In what may be the understatement of the century, it concludes that the results “for society and economy have not been those expected or desired.”

The researchers examined data from 15 EU countries between 2005 and 2015.

They report that, following Germany’s lead, numerous other European Union nations rushed to subsidize solar power installations with obscene rates and 20-year contracts, even though this technology is “still inefficient, and geographical conditions are mostly unfavorable” in that part of the world.

In other words: a stupid idea spreads like a virus, infecting nation after nation. In the rush to create the ‘better world’ that appears in the cartoon above, we made things worse. Regress rather than progress.

The bibliography at the end of that paper is impressive. Among the sources it cites is another analysis, published in 2012.

Titled Germany’s Solar Cell Promotion: An Unfolding Disaster, that report says Germany’s Renewable Energy Act has led to “explosive costs” in exchange for negligible environmental and employment benefits.

Regarding Germany’s heavily subsidized solar energy boom, the authors are caustic:

…this boom has proved to be a highly costly undertaking that does not confer any of the benefits that the advocates of renewable technologies claimed would arise.

Perhaps most poignantly, the predictions of employment creation have instead been contradicted by a series of bankruptcies in the [solar energy] manufacturing sector, with many of the job losses hitting the eastern part of the country, where unemployment is already relatively high…the government’s support of renewables is an outstanding example of misguided political intervention…that has had little to show for its purported benefits, such as greenhouse gas reductions.

It’s time to free ourselves from childish fantasy. It’s time to admit we inhabit a complicated, unpredictable universe full of fallible human beings. Creating a ‘better world’ requires rigorous thinking. It requires math.

Good intentions are not nearly good enough.

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

Comments

  1. Jackie Rovensky says:

    We already know wind and solar cannot and do not reduce energy prices – its a fallacy, if it were possible we would be seeing the cost of energy drop and those who previously couldn’t afford it sighing a sigh of relief because they can again be warm/cool and they can keep food fresh in a fridge/freezer and cook on their stoves, they can have a hot shower/bath and iron their clothes – maybe even recharge their phone and computer battery’s without having to go looking for a free recharging site.
    But we know this will never happen, and we will only see more and more people loosing these once normal processes in their lives.
    The problem is even Politicians choose not to see we the people are paying TWICE for our energy all due to their decision to continue subsidies to the ‘renewable’ energy industry.
    We not only have a bill to pay that’s rising continually, but we are also paying the Subsidies, paid for the power produced by EVERY TURBINE. That surely constitutes us paying twice for the same thing!
    Something that’s becoming clearer is these companies cannot allow the subsidies to be removed and have no problem goading the Government to retain them – just to ensure their survival.
    We see Senvion is in Administration and its doubtful they are alone in their financial troubles.
    So when they look for customers and quote in ‘Reverse Auctions’ they are doing it knowing they cannot lower prices because costs of their projects and profits to investors mandates they have to keep prices as high as possible to ensure the future of their companies.
    We are being told lies when told the cost of our energy from these energy production methods will reduce costs – they cannot – we will need to continue to subsidies them and continue to pay ever increasing prices for the end product.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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