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Renewable Nonsense

Post by Riddick » 05-02-2021 07:10 PM

This Barron’s story from a few days ago almost slipped by unnoticed:Hold on a moment: we’ve been told for quite a while wind and solar power are competitive with conventional electricity sources now—not at some far off future point. And yet this has been the history of wind & solar power since the late '70s: Large subsidies, favorable tax treatment, and purchase mandates for both—

So 40 years on we’re being told cost parity is still almost a decade away? This is starting to sound like bait & switch. Strangely, the Carbontracker report link in the article is now dead. Perhaps someone reviewed its claims more closely and spotted multiple large errors. Or someone realized the message lots of wind power is still more expensive than conventional energy is not politically correct.

Calculations of actual wind & solar costs are all over the map, and cost-competitive claims always omit some of the largest costs, among others the cost of thousands of miles of transmission lines, turbine & panel disposal once their brief useful lives are finished, and, most important, the natural gas plants supplying electricity 60% of the time in the case of turbines & up to 82% of the time in the case of panels. Unreliable energy is essentially useless energy, as Texans recently learned.

As always, the appropriate response to claims wind and solar energy are cost-competitive is, Great: then there is no problem with eliminating all mandates and subsidies. Somehow, that logical conclusion never seems to follow.

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Why Wind & Solar Energy Are Doomed to Failure

Post by Riddick » 10-21-2021 12:14 PM

Wind & solar energy are essentially obsolete technologies as well as environmental disasters. Regardless, liberals have concocted fantasies whereby all our electricity or perhaps our entire economy, will be powered by those fickle sources.

The fact is that, in order to reach “net zero” CO2 emissions through use of so called “green” energy, which is intermittent, unreliable, low-intensity at best, outrageously expensive, and dependent on vast natural resources that may not exist, at a minimum would require the greatest explosion of mining, manufacturing and transportation in world history.

A fundamental problem with wind and solar is as extremely low-intensity energy sources, an enormous amount of land would have to be devoted to panels and turbines. If we seriously tried to get all of our present electricity needs from those weak sources, 350,000 square miles–an area more than twice the size of California–would need to be dedicated to wind turbines and solar panels.

This just isn’t going to happen. It is rural America that bears the burden of many square miles of wind and solar installations. And it is a burden: Aside aesthetic issues, there is substantial medical evidence noise produced by turbines adversely affects human health. And, of course, wind turbines are fatal to wildlife. As a result of such concerns, hundreds of rural communities across America have risen up to oppose wind turbine developments. These efforts have largely been successful.

When “green” advocates tabulate costs, they generally don’t include the 1000s of miles of transmission lines required to bring electricity from rural areas stuck with “green” development to urban areas where the electricity is used. But such lines represent a huge economic and environmental issue: renewables conversion means adding enough high-voltage lines to circle the Earth about 10 times.

No problem! says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But any attempt to construct 240,000 more miles of high-voltage wires will, like turbines themselves, encounter local opposition that likely will make such an effort impossible. Germany undertook to mandate wind energy, but its mandates have fallen flat because of public opposition to specific wind projects. The same thing is happening in the U.S. Public opposition promises to bring the Green New Deal to a screeching halt.

Renewables are unreliable, are enviromental hazards, & produce relatively little energy. So why does the “green dream” persist? In part, because it is inflicted on kids from grade school on, but mostly because there is a great deal of money in it. “Green” energy makes a relative handful of people immensely wealthy, while impoverishing utility rate payers and taxpayers–that is to say, the rest of us.

This insanity will continue until voters wise up, or–more likely, until the laws of physics, along with land use and raw materials constraints, make it blindingly obvious that the “green dream” is just that. A nightmare. By that time, an astonishing amount of wealth will have been destroyed.

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Re: Renewable Nonsense

Post by Doka » 10-22-2021 10:10 AM

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This insanity will continue until voters wise up, or–more likely, until the laws of physics, along with land use and raw materials constraints, make it blindingly obvious that the “green dream” is just that. A nightmare. By that time, an astonishing amount of wealth will have been destroyed.

The "Wealth" being destroyed is in the Poor to Middle-Class. The people, as in Democrats , don't seem to have a grasp on re-ality and keep voting, for the "Evil Wizards Behind the Curtain" certainly Nothing For the benifit of their own existance.

After all , I didn't hear any out cry from them, When their "Demented Puppet President" on his 1st day got Rid of our "Energy INDEPENENCE" that had carefully been created by President Trump for "We the People" , they have voted for , are going to get the experience of "The Right to Freeze To Death" the seem to love their "Victimhood" and "hatred" more than "Life its Self". They seem to enjoy the road to destruction their on and taking the rest of us with them. Just how many lives and deaths have they become responsible for? I'll keep my Karma , Thank You.
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