Burying The Truth: No Sensible Environmentalist Supports Filthy Wind & Solar

Even after 30 years and endless subsidies, no country is powering itself exclusively with the wind and solar; no country ever will.

But that doesn’t stop our political betters berating us, should we ever beg the question about the purported logic of throwing endless $trillions at something that’s already proven to be an abject failure.

Whatever your views on climate change (the apparently existential threat formerly known as ‘global warming’), the idea that trying to run modern, civil societies on sunshine and breezes might somehow prevent it is, of course, a complete nonsense.

One environmentalist who called it out, loud and early, was Michael Shellenberger. As a long-time advocate for reliable, affordable and safe nuclear energy, and critic of intermittent renewables – calling wind and solar worse than useless – Michael combines common sense, logic and reason, in an era when those attributes have become scarce commodities.

Shellenberger delivered a heart-felt mea culpa across a variety of media platforms – the basis for which is set out in his latest work, ‘Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All’.

Jay Lehr and Tom Harris take a look at where Shellenberger’s views sit amongst apologists for the crony capitalism that is subsidised renewable energy.

Leaders Hopelessly Misguided on Wind and Solar Power
America Out Loud
Dr. Jay Lehr & Tom Harris
14 July 2020

On Thursday, July 9, the International Energy Agency (IEA) convened a huge on-line event misleadingly titled the Clean Energy Transitions Summit. It brought together government representatives of the world’s largest economies as well as developing nations, accounting for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Although IEA executive director Dr. Fatih Birol called the summit “the most important global event on energy and climate issues of 2020,” it was really just about politically-correct propaganda, with politicians boasting about how much ‘clean energy’ their nations are bringing on line.

But wind and solar power, the sources most often promoted by the leaders at the event, are anything but clean. As we discussed in past articles on America Out Loud, wind and solar power are among the dirtiest and most environmentally damaging energy sources on the planet.

That the IEA summit, which brought together 40 ministers from governments around the world, was fundamentally flawed in this regard is no surprise. Afterall, the agency told us in advance that, at the meeting, “discussions will be informed by the IEA’s World Energy Outlook Sustainable Recovery report.” And what did that document recommend? We need to “accelerate the growth of wind and solar PV [photovoltaics].”

And so, of course, speaker after speaker at the summit extolled the virtues of their nations’ energy policies focused on making great strides in the promotion of wind and solar. It didn’t seem to cross their minds that enabling an economic recovery from the COVID-19-induced shutdown will be both difficult and expensive even without attempts to simultaneously re-engineer our entire energy infrastructure. We must return to a ‘new normal,’ we are told, one in which action on climate change is put front and centre.

Our leaders are clearly not paying attention to what is happening in the real world outside of the ivory tower confines of an on-line video call. Wind and solar power have failed to make even a small dent in the fraction of world energy generated by fossil fuels.

IEA data shows that, despite interminable climate change agreements and the installation of 300,000 industrial wind turbines across the world, the fraction of world total primary energy supply derived from coal, natural gas and oil has remained steady at about 80% for decades.

Image adapted by Steve Goreham – see http://www.stevegoreham.com

That’s because, no matter how much governments might wish otherwise, and no matter how much tax-payer funded subsidies they pour into wind and solar power, no modern industrial society can operate on wind and solar power. They are simply too expensive, too unreliable, and, this may surprise many readers, too dirty.

Even activists on the left of the political spectrum are starting to recognize this.

Michael Moore, American award-winning documentary filmmaker, author, and activist is a case in point. Despite holding a decidedly left-wing world view, Moore was executive producer of the documentary, Planet of the Humans, which completely destroys the myth that wind and solar power are environmentally friendly. 

The film, which was released for free to the general public on this year’s Earth Day, April 22, reveals the extensive damage done to nature’s bio-systems when vast regions are converted into wind and solar power plants. And that is just the start of wind and solar’s impacts on the natural world, Moore demonstrated. The film shows open-pit mines gouged deep into the Earth to extract iron, aluminum, copper, and other minerals needed for these plants. Hundreds of tons of cement are required to anchor the base of the 300-500-foot-high industrial wind turbines which slaughter millions of birds and bats every year. And then there are untold tons of earth and rocks blasted with thousands of pounds of dynamite to extract relatively small amounts of rare earth metals, often produced with few environmental controls in China.

And, what is that in the background ready to take up the slack when the wind does not blow or the Sun does not shine? Fossil-fuel power plants, of course. Solar stations are, in reality, just a front for more, not less, fossil fuel plants, Moore reveals.

Another prominent leftist who has recently seen the light is Michael Shellenberger. Last year, the Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” a Green Book Award Winner and former climate campaigner, wrote (“Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet,” Feb 27, 2019):

“What kills big, threatened, and endangered birds—birds that could go extinct—like hawks, eagles, owls, and condors, are wind turbines. In fact, wind turbines are the most serious new threat to important bird species to emerge in decades. 

“Solar farms have similarly large ecological impacts…In order to build one of the biggest solar farms in California the developers hired biologists to pull threatened desert tortoises from their burrows, put them on the back of pickup trucks, transport them, and cage them in pens where many ended up dying.”

Shellenberger’s June 20, 2020 Forbes magazine article, “Democrats’ New Climate Plan Will Kill Endangered Species, Environmentalists Fear” puts the environment damage from industrial wind turbines in perspective: 

“It is notable that many of the conservationists defending wildlife from industrial wind turbines and transmission lines view the Democrats’ refurbished Green New Deal and its call for the “rapid deployment” of wind and transmission lines not as a climate dream but rather as an ecological nightmare.”

And now, Shellenberger has driven a stake into the very heart of the environmental establishment with his new book, “APOCALYPSE NEVER: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” released on June 30. He writes:

“100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%. We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities…The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to.”

Among the people to praise Shellenberger’s book? Dr. Tom Wigley of the  University of Adelaide in Australia, one of the founding fathers of modern climate science and a prominent contributor to the reports of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,” says Wigley.

In Shellenberger’s interview with The Heartland Institute, he indicated that he is confident the book will be a game changer in eventually releasing people everywhere from false climate change fears that have driven the vast expansion of wind and solar power. Let’s hope he is right and the push for these very unclean energy sources is soon stopped in its tracks.
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Comments

  1. So bereft of prospective science is the so-called science that man-caused global warming can’t be taken seriously by anyone.

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  4. It has been obvious that intermittent power from wind and solar needed firming from fossil fuel on the grid. Now, that this fact is widely understood, we are told that energy storage is the answer to achieving 100% renewable. I recently used the power output from a local wind turbine, proudly reported on the internet, to calculate just how much storage is required to avoid blackouts. With almost two years worth of hourly data, I calculated that one needs 500 megawatt-hours of storage for firming just a single wind turbine. The largest battery in the world is about 125 MWhr.

    It should be clear to anyone with the slightest understanding of the storage problem, that the answer lies somewhere close to infinity.

    100% renewable is just next to impossible.

  5. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    Gone are the days when we were being asked to consider household electrical goods that had a High Energy Saving Rating, gone are the days when we could use lights that actually lit the room up – but apparently used too much energy so we had to transfer to using new types of ‘globes’ which give off poor lighting so you need more of them.
    Gone are the days when here in Australia we were being encouraged to consider duel fuel vehicles – that is gas and petrol.
    Gone are the days when we were encouraged to turn off all power points not in use to save energy.
    Now all we hear is buy electric cars, install batteries to your solar systems, convince your Governments to go over to electric trains, buses and trams. With people wanting us to move to Laser light shows instead of firework displays for celebratory events. We are being encouraged or actually forced to having electric stoves
    instead of gas ones as well as installing electric heaters rather than using combustion heaters or gas to heat their homes.
    ‘Renewable’ electricity is apparently the be all and end all of environmentally safe ‘cheap’ energy. so we must use it for everything – we must increase our use of electricity to ensure the profitability of greedy investors who dream of nothing but the creation of vast wealth.
    In the meantime we see and hear constantly about the environmental damage inflicted across the globe, from the mining of dangerous chemicals, killing of birds, destruction of habits and of course the damage to human health.
    However, there is hope that a change of direction is on the cards, we just have to keep at those in a position to stop the nightmare, and return us to a sensible path forward which ensures the welfare of our environments for all including human lives.

  6. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist says:

    “Even after 30 years and endless subsidies, no country is powering itself exclusively with the wind and solar; no country ever will.”

    It’s even far worse than this statement. After 35 years and endless subsidies, no city in the world is powered exclusively with wind and solar. The reason is, if this were ever done, people would actually know how little power is produced and how totally unreliable these turbines are.

    The illusion of Wind energy is so profitable that the truth about what a pitiful source of energy it is has been hidden by greedy developers for decades. For a project that suggests 200,000 homes can be supplied energy, I would bet that even with batteries for storage, a project with an isolated transmission line, could not supply the total energy needed for even 5,000 homes. Yet from their inside green energy reporting, green developers receive billions in production tax credits for their fraudulent production numbers.

    These same inside entities rigging energy production numbers have also been hiding the slaughter of thousands of eagles and millions of birds annually.

    A perfect example of how utterly worthless wind turbines are can be understood from Nome Alaska. Nome has a population of around 3600-3800 people and some of these residents are seasonal. Nome also has an completely isolated grid. Outside the city stands 18 wind turbines, yet this small city is still completely dependent upon diesel generators for electricity with an annual consumption rate 2.0 million gallons.

    When comparing diesel generators fuel consumption for Nome, the 2007 diesel consumption rate before wind turbines is nearly is nearly identical to 2019 after wind turbines. Also keep in mind that when comparing numbers, note that in 2019 figures, the Nome PCE had supplied energy to 16 fewer community facilities.

    For the Banner Peak wind farm that claims it can generate up to 30 percent of the city’s power…….Most of these people would die in the first winter if they had to depend on wind.

  7. Michael Darby says:

    Dear Stop These Things

    Your inspirational and factual postings have encouraged my efforts and we are on the same team.

    Please make any use you wish of the attached.

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    Michael Darby

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