Ripping Yarns: Wind & Sun Can’t Power the World: Never Have & Never Will

You know we’ve reached peak stupid when adults line up to be lectured by troubled teenage girls on energy and world economics. Greta the Fretter and the lunatics gluing themselves to roads under the banner of the Extinction Rebellion have made the work of the sane and rational so much easier. For a decade or so, the great mass in the middle have mouthed platitudes about doing more for the planet and supporting renewable energy.

The profiteers and rent seekers who’ve done so very nicely over that time, soaking in subsidies, lapping up soft loans and benefiting from tax credits, RETs and the like, pushed and prodded politicians to the extent necessary to establish the greatest financial rort of all time; and the general populace went along with it.

Clever marketing and guilt laden propaganda helped pushed the right emotional buttons and left rent seekers thinking that their world would never end.

Now, however, with over-acting XR rebels messing up the daily lives of urbanites, sentiments among the masses are turning ugly, fast.

Faced with the urgent and hysterical demands that we all forego cold beer and hot showers, ditch our gas guzzling diesel dual cabs, Land Cruisers and V8 SUVs, any sympathies that those pushing for an all-out transition to a 100% wind and sun powered future might have once enjoyed have evaporated, forever: benign acquiescence has been replaced by mounting intolerance for those keen to ruin everybody’s living standards, both now and in the future.

The idea that the well-healed XR crowd are actually willing to give up the benefits delivered by fossil fuel (including reliable and affordable electricity) is a childish, virtue signalling nonsense.

And this is where XR’s delusional overreach slams head-on into reality.

Absent a real burning desire to return to a Stone Age lifestyle, Greta, the XR showboats and their fellow travellers will continue to soak up the benefits that fossil fuels deliver on a daily basis.

Donna Laframbiose picks up the thread below.

Childish Fantasies vs Real World Energy Needs
No Frakking Consensus
Donna Laframbiose
2 October 2019

Certain politicians are making promises about carbon dioxide emissions and the year 2050 – three full decades from now. Certain adults are telling elementary school children that transforming the world’s energy system is easy peasy.

But that’s not the case. In an article titled Net-Zero Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050 Requires A New Nuclear Power Plant Every Day, Roger Pielke Jr. delivers the harsh, mathematical truth. Even if every person in the world thought abandoning fossil fuels made sense, even if every last government was committed to such a plan, the sheer size of the task would remain. In Pielke’s words: “The scale…is absolutely, mind-bogglingly huge.”

In an entire year, a nuclear power plant is capable of producing 1 “million tons of oil equivalent” of energy – or 1 mtoe for short. Says Pielke:

In 2018 the world consumed 11,743 mtoe in the form of coal, natural gas and petroleum…there are 11,051 days left until January 1, 2050. To achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions globally by 2050 thus requires the deployment of >1 mtoe of carbon-free energy…every day, starting tomorrow and continuing for the next 30+ years. Achieving net-zero also requires the corresponding equivalent decommissioning of more than 1 mtoe of energy consumption from fossil fuels every single day.

Let us be honest and grownup here. The chances of this happening are remote.

Now let’s remember that many people insist nuclear power is off the table. We’re supposedly in the midst of a climate crisis caused by CO2 emissions, yet low-emissions nuclear power is forbidden.

Such people think we should rely on wind power, instead. According to Pielke’s calculations, that would require the construction of 1,500 wind turbines every single day from now until 2050.

Currently, the US consumes approximately 20% of the energy used across the globe. Its share of the 1,500 new wind turbines required daily would therefore be 300.

Despite years of massive subsidies designed to encourage wind energy investment, fewer than 10 turbines are currently installed in the US each day. Surely even a child understands that ramping up from 10 turbines a day to 300 is a massive challenge that couldn’t possibly happen overnight. Even in an affluent country with a booming economy.

And please, let us also put aside fairy tales about wind power being environmentally friendly. As Mark P. Mills explained recently in the Wall Street Journal:

Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of nonrecyclable plastic. Solar power requires even more cement, steel and glass…

Those who “dream of powering society entirely with wind and solar farms” says Mills, are actually demanding “the biggest expansion in mining the world has seen.”

References

No Frakking Consensus

About stopthesethings

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

Comments

  1. Or better yet, complete food forests which are entirely natural ecosystems, albeit manmade ones … and we could help to feed the poor and indigent at the same time, but I guess that is no major concern for most of the Alarmists?

  2. David Trombley says:

    You forgot the amount of land used per windmill which is approx. 1 acre and not including access roads. The amount of land used for Solar power also is massive. All that land could be trees to help in the control of CO@ but no tear them down for windmills and solar

  3. You have failed to measure and include the significant CO2 generated by curing concrete.

  4. Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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