Renewables are useless: The Evidence is Overwhelming
. . . Climate Pope goes ballistic!
The Climate Pope: "I really believe that years from now, this convening by attorney general Eric Schneiderman and his colleagues today, may well be looked back upon as a real turning point, in the effort to hold to account those commercial interests that have been, according to the best available evidence, deceiving the American people, communicating in a fraudulent way, both about the reality of the climate crisis and the dangers it poses to all of us, and committing fraud in their communications about the viability of renewable energy and efficiency, and energy storage, that together are posing this great competitive challenge to the long reliance on carbon based fuels."
Of course he believes, it's a religion. And this is but one of its inquisitions. I wonder who will wear the Torquemada Red? So, what is the real status of renewable in the real world, the one outside of Al Gore fervent imagination?
James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel, Ken Caldera and Tom Wigley, alarmist climate scientist all, said this: "To solve the climate problem, policy must be based on facts and not on prejudice. The climate system cares about greenhouse gas emissions – not about whether energy comes from renewable power or abundant nuclear power. Some have argued that it is feasible to meet all of our energy needs with renewables. The 100% renewable scenarios downplay or ignore the intermittency issue by making unrealistic technical assumptions, and can contain high levels of biomass and hydroelectric power at the expense of true sustainability. Large amounts of nuclear power would make it much easier for solar and wind to close the energy gap."
Google engineers have this to say: "At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope … Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach."
There is more, so go read the article. What's the problem? "The key problem appears to be that the cost of manufacturing the components of the renewable power facilities is far too close to the total recoverable energy – the facilities never, or just barely, produce enough energy to balance the budget of what was consumed in their construction. This leads to a runaway cycle of constructing more and more renewable plants simply to produce the energy required to manufacture and maintain renewable energy plants – an obvious practical absurdity."
The is the same problem with always see with the green energy crowd. Ethanol is a foolish "alternative" energy source. Each gallon of ethanol produced requires input of so much fossil fuels that it eliminates any savings. It is also a more problematic polluter than gasoline. Yet we use it because the green lobby was foolish enough to be coopted by the agricultural lobby. Now the subsidies, and fuel problems are nearly impossible to eliminate.
First thing we should do is ignore the Climate Pope and his inane ideas, and "solutions." If we decide, outside of the climate nonsense, that we need to move away from carbon fuels, there are valuable alternatives. This should happen through the free market, without the intervention of politicians, government, or that old fool, Al Gore.
Hat tip: Bird Dog over at Thursday morning links - Maggie's Farm